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How to reduce greenhouse gas production when drying clothes
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Call me cynical, but I fail to see why it will take over five years to introduce a carbon trading scheme! Is the timing so that if the Liberals get back into power they get a second bite at the greenhouse gas cherry at the following election?
Climate Institute spokesman Erwin Jackson says "Why wait five years? Potentially this could just be a smoke screen for further delay, the climate system isn't waiting for us to make a decision about reducing emissions so why should we?".
I can only agree.
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Clothes dryers can use a lot of electricity. To remove 1kg of water by evaporation, produces about ĺ kg of CO2.
You can save the most energy by using a 'solar clothes drier' (A clothesline). The ideal location for a clothesline is exposed to the sun and wind. Unfortunately with todayís cramped blocks, it is harder to find a good location. This is compounded by the fact that for aesthetic reasons people prefer to locate it out of the way on the side of the house. Unfortunately this is often shaded and often is sheltered from the wind. Although a clothesline under a verandah is sheltered from the sun and often from the wind, it has the advantage that if it rains the clothes don't get re-wet. Another location to consider is in your laundry. When drying clothes in the laundry you will need to open the laundry window or operate an exhaust fan, to get as much fresh air as possible.
There are a range of types from fold away to rotary (Hills) hoists. If you have the space for it, a rotary hoist is the fastest to dry clothes. This is because as the line rotates the clothes get exposed to wind and sun from all directions. This means that there are no clothes sheltered from the wind and sun. When drying clothes on an outside line in winter you need to bring them in before it starts to get too cold. In winter when the sun starts dropping the humidity rises rapidly and the clothes start absorbing moisture. Depending on the weather and your location this can be at 4.00pm or earlier.
If you are line drying clothes, they will dry faster in summer and you can save more energy by only spinning them the minimum amount. However in winter spin the clothes as much as they will tolerate so that they dry before it is time to take them in. if they arenít dry they can be finished off on a portable clothes airer in front of your heater. If it is a gas heater the greenhouse gas production will be much less than drying it in an electric drier. Even if you are using electricity, you actually get a benefit from the increased moisture in the air, as most homes are too dry in winter.
If you are drying in a drier, spinning the water out uses much less energy than evaporating it out, so always spin the clothes as much as they will tolerate.
Even if you can't use a clothesline all the time, just remember that each time you do use it, you are reducing greenhouse gas production, and saving money. Also if you partially line dry the clothes and then dry them on a low setting in the drier, you will have saved a significant amount of greenhouse gas.
When hanging clothes on a line, here are a few tips:
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