Did You Know?

For the following reasons, this product will result in the greatest benefit of any gift you can give....to yourself, to a family member or a friend. It's also one of the greatest benefits you can give to the planet! To learn of the extraordinary impact this purchase can have in saving you money and in saving our environment, please read on:



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Here in the US, not only are electric and gas powered dryers expensive to operate, but they are also destroying the fabric and color of your clothes. Have you checked your lint filter lately? Where do you think all of that stuff comes from? That gray fuzz that you peel off and throw away WAS the fabric of your clothes!



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With their total household impact, power driven clothes dryers are the single most expensive appliance in the home to operate. These energy consuming monsters require an average of 5.7 kwh of power to run. That's nearly twice the power required to operate an electric stove!



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In addition to the massive amount of power these dryers themselves consume, for every 20 minutes of their use, the air is sucked out of up to a 2,800 sq. ft. area. That means that your heat pump or air conditioner must then work to replace the heated or cooled air that has been expelled from your home. Add the cost of operation of your furnace/heat pump or air conditioner (38% of home energy consumption) to the 5.7 kwh consumed by your dryer and you see why your utility bill is so high every month.



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The price of gasoline is rising,and it stands to reason that the cost will continue to rise. And gasoline isn't the only thing that's going through the roof. So has the price of diesel, heating oil and natural gas.....the stuff that many electrical power plants use to generate electricity. If you don't believe that, just watch your electric bill as it continues to rise.

The latest estimates predict that the cost of home energy will go up dramatically, expected to climb another 22% over last year! That is barring any additional global or national calamities such as fuel shortages, storms, floods, acts of terrorism abroad, etc. We all know that with any excuse, energy costs will go even higher.

Now you can fight back! The Eagle clothes drying rack will enable you to dramatically cut back on your home energy costs. In Europe and some other regions of the world, this patented design in air/solar drying racks has taken a 4 out of 5 sales ratio over all other known clothes drying racks. Its cost cutting impact in the home and ability to handle full size family wash loads is unrivaled and, indeed, unprecedented. As far as clothes drying racks go, the Eagle is the best you can do, for your home, for your budget, for your family, and for the planet.

For more on the impact of clothes drying racks in general, please read the following article...



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Hanging the Laundry - Frugal Alternative



From Pat Veretto, Your Guide to Frugal Living.

Use a clothesline or rack and save in more ways than one. Estimates of "average" costs to dry clothes for a year in a conventional dryer range from $500 a year - or up to $1500, according to some! Seldom do the statistics mention whether that's for one person or a ten member family, but whichever it is, that's your money going to the wrong place - someone else's pocket.

There was a time when every house (and even some apartment buildings) had clotheslines in the back yard that were nearly always used, even when energy was cheap. "Solar power" wasn't even a proper phrase back then but people hung clothes out to dry because it worked - and it was far more convenient than waiting for a dryer to go off so they could unload a bunch of clothes, then load up another bunch and be trapped in the house waiting for that load of laundry to dry.

Huh? Yes, that's what I said. You can hang all your clothes at one time, and go off to the library or take a nap or go visit a friend. Your clothes will all be dry and waiting whenever you want them... not when the machine says it's time.

If you need more than convenience to convince you, check out the figures above. To be honest, I'm not sure how anyone came up with the $1500 figure, but even at $500, using a dryer is expensive.

It's not just the cost of energy - electric or gas - that is a loss. Where do you think all that dryer lint comes from? Your clothes. Did you ever wonder why clothing doesn't last as long as it used to? Believe me, beating them on a rock is gentle compared to what those fibers go through in the dryer. Heated, slammed and scrubbed against other clothes continually for a minimum of 15 minutes at a time (I know, some things take an hour, even!) those fibers get broken and pulled and torn and worn. Have you ever had a shirt or pair of pants ruined by pilling? That's what a dryer does. Did you ever dry a pair of jeans and have them come out with creases all crooked? Thank your dryer. And that stain that you missed... it's now permanently set due to the heat of your dryer.

That heat is enough to set a stain, but it's not enough to kill much bacteria or other unwanted growth. As a matter of fact, some can wait inside the dark, warm drum until another load is put in. Damp, dark, warm... oh, how they love it. Not wanting to sound like a commercial for Mother Nature, but maybe so... air dried laundry not only lasts longer, the sun helps to remove stains from white clothes, and the ultraviolet rays kills bacteria and other dangerous growth, including most fungi. Whew.

Ok, your objections: 1. You don't have a clothesline. 2. You don't have room for one in your backyard. 3. You live in a tiny apartment where there's no room for your clothes, much less a clothesline. 4. You hate the sight of clothes flapping in the morning breeze. 5. You hate to hang up clothes. 6. You work and don't have time.

My answers:

1. Put one up, they don't cost much. Get someone to make two clothesline T-posts and hire a handyman (or your son or husband or neighbor) to dig a hole and set the posts in the ground. Use metal clothesline if you can find it.

2. Use an umbrella type with arms that fold down when not in use. You can hang a lot of clothes in a small space. Alternately, use a retractable line that all but disappears when you retract it.

3. Use an indoor clothes drying rack. They make some that fit neatly over a bathtub or can be adjusted to a shower stall.

4. See answer above. Or put yours in the garage or laundry room. Consider it a necessary evil.

5. See answer above, again. Just drape them over a rack. Or put shirts, pants, etc. on hangars and hang them on the rack. You have to put them on hangars anyway.

6. So you'd rather spend your Saturdays or your evenings running back and forth to the dryer? Seriously... think about the convenience of putting clothes to dry one night and forgetting about them until the next night.

One more thing. There are some places in this nation that won't allow anyone to save money, time, health or the environment by hanging clothes to dry out of doors. If you happen to live in one of those communities, please consider petitioning for a change in the rules.

I don't often zero in on just one website, but Project Laundry List is well worth it. Go there for the drying conditions for your neighborhood (give them your ZIP code), and join up to help them spread the word. They are trying to transform Project Laundry List, which was created to encourage people to hang out clothes, from an all-volunteer effort into a staff-directed organization. Our support and recognition of their work will certainly help.

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