We do own a tumble dryer from years ago and still keep it for emergency use (like when my son refuses to wear anything but his favourite sweater non-stop for months). But right after Fukushima we decided to do our bit to decrease power consumption and bought a rotary clothes line for our garden and two indoor laundry racks for bad weather and winter use.
Whilst the rotary clothes line is not a beauty, the cost savings outway its uglyness. By turning off the tumble dryer, we were able to save about € 350 on our electricity bill in one year. And I don't need to buy expensive body peeling gels, as we airdry our towels, too, which gives them a nicely abbrasive quality, when you use them for the first time after the wash.
As our garden is quite windy, I need to secure the clothes on the rotary line with cloth pegs, which I like to carry in a bag on my body. I use a wonderfully oldfashioned bag, which was designed for the purpose and probably owned by all of our grandmothers.
Yesterday I have tried to make my own more stylish version of this bag using some vintage fabric, an old pair of jeans and some biais ribbon.
I hope that this stylish "peg bag" will encourage all of you to go for natural clothes drying!
However, if you are still not convinced think about this: More and more people have solar panels on their roof and get wind power from the national grid. Now just think: You are using electricity which has been harvested from the sun and wind at a high cost and with a low efficiency in order to make heat and wind in your tumble dryer, just to recreate the conditions you have when you hang your clothes into the sun and wind in the first place. Does that really make sense to you?
I am looking forward to reading your comments on this.