Laundry is one of my least favorite cleaning activities to do around the house. And I think some of you share my sentiments since in a recent iDreamofClean poll laundry came in a close second to toilets!
For the first few years of marriage laundry day was one day a week. That meant that I spent a ton of time folding clothes! I’ve since changed my ways and determined that doing one load of laundry works best for my schedule. Every morning I pop a load in the washer and then eat breakfast with my little one. After breakfast I put the clothes in the dryer and get ready for the day. For the most part, it’s become a habit.
However, there are some days I forget about the wet clothes sitting in the washer. On those days the thought of laundry usually doesn’t enter my brain again until sometime between the hours of Noon and 5:00pm…the absolute hottest part of the day in the summer! The last thing I want to do is start the dryer and make the air conditioner go into overdrive.
That got me thinking…
In order to reduce the electric bill (or at least help it not skyrocket) I’ve been contemplating the best time to use the dryer.
- In the summer, use the dryer during the coolest part of the day or night. For those who have a laundry area in a remote part of the house, it may be beneficial to begin drying clothes at bedtime…that is, if you don’t mind wrinkled clothes in the morning!
- In the winter, dry clothes when you’re the coldest or when the most people are home so the heater runs less often.
Do you think about your electric bill when running the dryer? Please tell me I’m not the only one!