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Old 09-13-2019, 03:32 PM
 
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You've never been a single guy, have you? When I was young and single, the sheets got changed every Friday after work, or Saturday morning. You don't take a girl home to smelly sheets. Depending on the vigor of the activities, they might get changed again on Sunday afternoon.

Until my girlfriend showed up, my washing machine was my laundry hamper. I didn't wear whites. I'd toss the sheets in with the week's dirty clothes. I've always used white Egyptian cotton bath sheets I'd then wash with bleach in a 2nd load.
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Old 09-13-2019, 03:38 PM
 
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It really amounts to a personal choice as to what we are comfortable in doing and no government agency or law can prevent individuals from using or wasting electricity, or any other resource for that matter.

If dryers were banned, what would stop someone from drying their clothes with a hair dryer or space heater? It’s just a ridiculous suggestion!
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Old 09-13-2019, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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So it's just the "clothesline" that is against the rules and not the rows of hanging sheets, towels, and clothing? Because that would seem much more noticeable. Of course if it's all in the backyard you'd need some really crummy neighbors to report you...

Obviously though some HOAs are much stricter - and keeping a little "folding laundry hanger thingie" inside to use won't hardly work for a family, especially with limited time to wash and hang.

But everyone who can hang, certainly do. And those who can't should use whatever options available, without having to worry about breaking laws.
It's one row and not visible from the street. I'm sure I could "get away with" putting a permanent clothes line out there but I only use one row, for my sheets. They dry quickly anyway.

I'm not worried one way or the other about how people dry their laundry just for the record!
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Old 09-13-2019, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I really do not care how "they" used to do laundry. This is 2019. Yes, I have a set out of the "they" days - homespun linen with homemade lace. Tough on the skin and the laundress. I simply enjoy clean starched and ironed sheets at the end of a long day.
Should I change panties only and reuse the bra?
Wait - you also starch and iron your sheets? (Or hire that done?) Every three days?

Oh well, to each his own but dang.
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Old 09-13-2019, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I use my outdoor clothesline daily, and when my kids were little (babies), there was seldom a day that went by where something or another wasn't hanging on the outdoor line drying or airing.


When I had two kids in diapers, I often couldn't keep up with the drying of those diapers, so one load would get hung on the line, and the other load would go into the electric tumble dryer. My electric tumble dryer was a saving grace at times, and still is today over the course of winter or on wet and miserable days.


I think before we start banning modern appliances, we should look at banning the likes of disposable diapers and such.
I nearly always used cloth diapers with my four kids.

I also washed them and usually hung them out to dry. Even after four kids, they were white white white!
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Old 09-13-2019, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Australia
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Here in NC, we have been powered by McGuire nuclear plant and until recently, Buck Steam Station. Electricity has hovered around $0.10/kWh for as long as I’ve been responsible for a power bill. When power is this price, you make your economic decisions in a completely different way:

LED bulbs here are NOT worth the cost at store retail. That’s why Duke Energy is subsidizing the price of LED and CFL bulbs by 90%. The impact just isn’t as great on their power bill as in more expensive areas, but it should not be cause for them to raise rates and make it so.

Speaking of “supply and demand”, I find it counterproductive to cheaply available energy to decommission coal, nuclear, or hydro power to replace it with only solar and wind energy. Residential solar panels in NC, even with energy credits, will never pay for themselves.

Linemen at Duke (Duke Progress, anyway) are paid handsomely despite these low rates. I believe $36/hour for lineman top pay (reached after your 4th year) combined with overtime and storm work, allows anyone to make $100k+ who wants it.

It just seems like a good balance.
You just got me looking at our rates, we pay $0.31 per kWh, which at current exchange rate is around $US0.20. We have solar panels and the buy back rate is $0.12 per kWh. We have a holiday place in a quite remote location and we pay $0.46 per kWh.

So those who come to Australia and complain about the lack of central heating etc might need to be aware of this. It seems our governments, rightly or wrongly, feel the need to reduce our dependence on coal generated power despite the fact that in the global scheme of things the actions of a population of twenty five million are likely to have zero impact.

Having said this, I am off to hang out my washing, there being nice sunshine and a decent breeze.
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:46 PM
 
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Energy, like internet bandwidth, should only be getting cheaper.

Care to explain why?
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Old 09-13-2019, 08:43 PM
 
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You just got me looking at our rates, we pay $0.31 per kWh, which at current exchange rate is around $US0.20. We have solar panels and the buy back rate is $0.12 per kWh. We have a holiday place in a quite remote location and we pay $0.46 per kWh.

So those who come to Australia and complain about the lack of central heating etc might need to be aware of this. It seems our governments, rightly or wrongly, feel the need to reduce our dependence on coal generated power despite the fact that in the global scheme of things the actions of a population of twenty five million are likely to have zero impact.

Having said this, I am off to hang out my washing, there being nice sunshine and a decent breeze.
Well said.

So long as you make a good income, $0.20 US may still leave you feeling thankful when you hear of someone paying $0.35 US. But that would mean my high months in 100 degree summer and 20 degree winter (heat pump w/ aux heat) would then be $300 instead of $150. Low, in-between months are about $75-100 at $0.10/kWh.

Natural gas is about 2x electric to heat a space, and propane is about 2x natural gas.
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Old 09-13-2019, 09:02 PM
 
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Care to explain why?
Sure.

My state has some of the strictest regulators (not necessarily regulations, but each time the power company has announced rate hikes, they’ve been struck down and outright denied) and I agree with them. No consumer wants to pay more. Each power company would love if we did, though.

By buying more efficient products, we’re letting energy and fuel companies corner us with high rates. Same principal with gasoline. You used to drive an SUV when gas was $1.00 a gallon and now you drive a Prius since it’s $4.00. Fill-ups cost the same amount but the difference is now some people who must drive trucks (for work, or whatever) have no choice but to continue buying the same quantity at the now higher price.

If we let energy costs rise like healthcare costs have, we’d be storming city hall to let us live off the grid. There’s so much more we could do with cheaper power, and the extra money we’d save. More people each year will be plugging in their cars nightly. I foresee a “second peak” at night when everyone comes home from work and plugs in their Teslas, Volts, and i3’s. There should not need to be trade offs - “Hey honey we bought that Tesla now we have to give up using central AC!”
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Old 09-13-2019, 09:08 PM
 
Location: NNJ
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Not all climates are suitable.

If you keep extending the time on the dryer to get things dry, there is something wrong with your dryer. Most likely your exhaust vent is clogged or needs cleaning.

We don't need to go ape-sh%% trying to be economical and good on the environment... we just have to evolve and improve. Starting by maintaining stuff properly.


What's with all the "I don't like it so ban it" threads? smart phones, vaping, and now home dryers. The logic used can pretty much end up banning everything because somewhere someone doesn't like it.
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