So, it would seem that one of the things that, according to my darling husband, makes me an oddity (attempting to hang laundry to dry during monsoon season) is about to become a permanent way of life for us. Our lovely little washer/dryer combo (one machine that does both) bit the dust yesterday. We knew it was having problems for a while, but kept hoping that they were just little quirks that we'd have to live with. But on Friday, the dryer wouldn't produce any heat, and by Saturday morning it wouldn't even do a wash. How nice of it to wait until the week after Christmas!
Thankfully, the Freecycle gods smiled upon us, and we were blessed with a gorgeous Maytag Neptune front loading washing machine. It's a thing of beauty (as much as an appliance can be), and I can't imagine why the people who gave it to us ever parted with it, but I'm so grateful that they did!
I finally saw An Inconvenient Truth the other day (more on that another time) and had been contemplating putting our dryer to rest ever since - I guess this was some kind of sign. Since we can't afford the space or money required to replace our dryer, we have no choice but to go all the way with the environmental option!
With the real possibility of months of non-stop rain in the winter here on the west coast, I'm a little concerned about having to dry everything indoors. I usually manage to dry a large percentage of our laundry outside during the winter, but sometimes that's just not possible. We've got an indoor line running the length of our back room, but it's only 10 feet long so it doesn't hold a lot - I usually only dry smaller things like our skivvies there rather than subjecting our neighbors to the sight of them (or me to the thought of them having seen them). At the moment, we've got laundry hanging all over the house, but I just ordered an Ecodri rack to hang in the back room over the washing machine which I'm hoping will keep the drying laundry more contained.
High indoor humidity can be a bit of a problem here, so I'm a little worried about that. Our house being so tiny (less than 800 square feet) with four of us showering and breathing doesn't help matters, so we've been thinking about getting a dehumidifier, but I don't really like the idea of running another electrical applicance. However, we're going to look at a used Jotul wood stove later this afternoon, and I'm hoping that if we can make that work, the dry wood heat will solve our humidity problem.
We're off to ring in the new year with our family this evening. I wish you all the best for 2007!!