I started reflecting on this subject after a recent post about using vinegar as a softener suggested that (as far as US Lifehacker readers are concerned) using a dryer is absolutely normal behaviour and anyone hanging out their clothes is slightly odd. I don’t own a dryer myself, but most people I know who do still hang their clothes out a lot of the time. Perhaps that’s to be expected in the nation that gave the world the Hills Hoist.
Often, of course, that decision is for economic reasons. I was reminded at an Intel press briefing on technology for monitoring home energy usage this week that dryers are often one of the biggest contributors to the household energy bill. Intel was demonstrating the pictured prototype device for tracking energy usage, which can help set dryers to run with off-peak electricity and hence save money. One possible refinement the attending hacks mused on was the idea of a dryer that won’t run at all if the outside air temperature is above a given level, forcing you to hang out your clothes rather than being lazy.
Anyway I’m wondering: how do Lifehacker readers go about drying their clothes? Are you a summer outside/winter in the machine person? Have you splurged on a combo washer/dryer? Are you obsessive about not leaving peg marks on your clothes? Share your strategies in the comments.