Energy is precious. Not only that we have to pay for using it, but also is takes a lot of resources to be produced, and it also generates waste.
One of my goals for this year is to cut down waste. I started with babysteps, by reducing energy consumption. I’ve made a quick inventory of all electrical appliances, and it wasn’t very hard to find out the leader in energy usage: the dryer.
I’ve started to look into ecological option, and I’ve came across wool dryer balls. So a little project just kicked in:
- I’ve got a high quality pile of wool roving, about 4 oz, from a local shepherd
- I've split the roving in four parts, as equal as possible, using a scale, and I've tried to form strips, as long and thin as possible
- I've stated to wrap the strip of roving tightly around my fingers, changing the direction, until I’ve finished the small pile
- I've put the un-felted ball into a sock, tightly tied at the end
- I’ve thrown the ball in the washer with laundry, with hot water, and then dry it with the regular load; the hotter the temperature, the better it felts
- Ta-ta: the woolies were almost done. I've repeated the washing/drying steps, and they were perfect.
When came to see the work that the woolies can do, I was quite surprised to find out that the drying time was cut down by abut 25%!!!!
I used to dry together two three quarters of load in about 90-95 minutes, and now, with 4 wool dryer balls I was down to about 70-75 minutes.
Can’t wait to see my new hydro bill :)
It’s easy, fun, and you can do it, too!