Green @ Home: Cal's Very Green Drying Rack

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Our very green drying rack!
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Name: Cal
Location: 1200 sq foot apartment, Winston Salem, NC
Profession: Physician

Green Move #1: We've been implementing "green" strategies for a while now, but our newest thing is this indoor drying rack on our ceiling. It consists of 4 wooden dowels hung on metal brackets connected to a pulley system. Our landlord says it came from Ireland...

Green Move #1 cont'd:

You can see in the pictures that it's located near the outer wall of our apartment, between two windows. This tends to be the warmest place in the apartment, and the clothes dry amazingly fast as the warm air rises. It's also facing the air conditioner vents for extra circulation.

My husband was a huge skeptic but now loves the way it makes all of his clothes feel like they've been to the cleaners. I love the way it makes our sheets feel.

We've reduced the number of times we use the dryer to 1 or 2 times a month - for terrycloth towels mainly, but we may transition to no dryer eventually. I've noticed that we only used 25 kwh per day this June compared to 35 in June 2007. I can't directly correlate but using a clothes dryer is a major energy expenditure so I suspect this was a large part of the drop.

To think I could have been doing this for years..... and a lot of other city dwellers could as well!

Green Move #2:

I've started to shower the way I do it in Haiti when I'm visiting there -- the process is mainly due to the fact that freezing cold water comes out of the shower head, but it also conserves water. I simply turn the water off while I'm lathering. Then back on when it's time to rinse.

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