in terms of appliances, the dryer is second only to the refrigerator in energy consumption. the average dryer uses over 100 dollars worth of energy a year, so it certainly makes sense to try to reduce its use as much as possible and find energy efficient substitutes. and the passive solar clothes dryer aka a clothes line couldn’t be much simpler or cheaper. for under ten bucks you can get a line and some clothespins and you are off and running. another low-cost method for reducing your utilities and saving money! clearly you can’t use a clothes line all year in detroit, but for over half you can, which saves you at least 50 bucks. you also get the added benefit of having an excuse for walking out into the yard and enjoying some vitmin d, which is a lot more pleasant than going to the basement and moving clothes into the dryer.
what methods are you using to reduce your utility use that are also easy and low coast.