Paring Down the Laundry

We are paring down our energy bills around my house.

As we slip inexorably toward the heat and humidity of Houston summertime, we have kept our windows open...

Image Credit: Petrusia1 

Our fans on...

Image Credit: Dennis Wong 

And our bedding light.

 Image Credit: Pink Sherbet Photography
Since we can't turn off the fridge, we decided to go after another energy hog - the dryer.

Image Credit: Lindsay Loo Brush 

I told Sid and the kids that we would be machine washing our clothes with fabric softener in the rinse - LOVE the Downy ball...

Then we would be drying our clothes in the fresh air and sunshine.

The boys were on board.  Sid was in on it.  I was ready.  Devonne - our almost 15-year-old - said that was "hobo."

She took two weeks to get on board.  We have her dry her clothes outside on the line and then fluff them in the dryer for 10 minutes.

Image Credit: Toby and Tai Shan 
The rest of us are fine without fluffing.

Since we have taught the kids how to do their own laundry from age 9 on, many hands make light work.

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I'll keep you posted on our less is more a/c plan when it hits the over 90 mark. 


  1. What a cute post. Love all your energy saving techniques...

  2. Ceiling fans and big pecan trees close to the house for shade are the only things that get us through. I'll probably switch to more heatless cooking meals as it gets hotter too. It gets just as hot here in New Braunfels, but I do not miss the Houston humidity one bit!

  3. When I was a kid I loved helping my mom hang the clothes to dry in the fresh air and sunshine. I hope someday I have a home with a backyard so I can do that with my own kids.

    Hope you're having a beautiful week!



  4. I love your photos and your energy saver techniques. I need to start doing what you're are doing! These utility bills are killing me!!

  5. Great ideas! I personally can't stand clothes lined dried - they get all crunchy - yuck, so you are better than I :)

  6. Great post! I love to hear how folks are simplifying their lives. Peace. :)

  7. Oh yeah, I grabbed your button too. Lovely blog. :)

  8. Great job getting ready for the heating up of Summer. I hope it helps.

    ~ Yaya
    Yaya's Home

  9. I love that fan! And oh....aren't clothes lines the best? I love freshly dried clothes from the outdoors!

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  11. Great energy saving tips. I esp.like the laundry idea (great clothes pins/ love the color)

    Good luck on the no a/c (we are in a really humid area and I have to have the a/c -allergies)

  12. Do fans really use *that* much less electricity than a/c? I really have no idea. I try to be green, and really am for the most part, but I know I can improve; however, it was 92 today, so a/c is up and running! Plus, I have allergies this time of year.


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