We have now truly realized the benefits of the clothesline! I know I've gone on about how hanging the clothes is more relaxing and we seem to get more laundry done and blah, blah, blah. Well, here it is folks, the moment of truth:
Our gas bill (we have a gas dryer) dropped from $75 last month to...$16 this month!!! That's a reduction of about 80%. Nothing else in our usage changed. We cut our gas bill by 80% just by employing extremely minimal use of the dryer. Holy crap. I knew it would make a difference but I had no idea it would be so dramatic.
Hubby and I have also started a work carpool experiment. We work the same hours and our offices are only a few miles apart, and we've been making the trip every day in two cars - silly. We're fortunate in that we actually sort of enjoy the time together in the car, and don't generally get on each other's nerves. Also, each of us gets a turn each day to just sit and be a passenger, which reduces driving stress for both of us. Since we're too far from work to walk or bike and there's no public transportation where we are, this is the best solution we could come up with, and so far it's working quite well. We'll be really happy when we start enjoying the benefits of only paying for half the gas!