cycles o’ laundry

It’s the weekend. That means laundry. Which means multiple loads of laundry with various steps and stages. Nothing like one word–‘laundry’–that actually masks the multi-step process that can eat up a bunch of the weekend between the sorting, carrying, switching loads, folding, and so forth.

But I digress.

I suspect that for many, if not most, households most of the laundry happens on the weekend. This makes sense in terms of the traditional work week. But there are other cycles that can also be relevant to laundry.

Like, when it’s sunny.

We bought and installed our solar hot water heater during construction. I think it went up in January (almost eighteen months ago) so we’ve benefited from it for a while now. During sunny months our electricity bill is noticeably lower.

To really maximize the benefits of the solar hot water heater, though, it makes sense to wait and do laundry once a) it’s sunny; and b) the sun has been out for a few hours and has reached the solar hot water heater so the water has some time to heat up. In other words, the best time to do laundry is during a sunny afternoon.

Sure, there have been plenty of times when we’ve put in loads when it’s been gray, cloudy, and/or 8 o’clock in the morning (or 8 o’clock in the evening) just because. But if there’s sun forecast during the weekend (or parts thereof), I’ve been trying to adjust my laundry inclination a bit in order to get the most out of the solar hot water heater.  Sometimes it’s a bit less convenient in certain ways–starting laundry at noon is not the same as 8 in the morning.  But it’s more convenient in other ways–like paying our electricity bill.

Consequently, out of the general principles driving the farm, we try to do most of our laundry during sunny afternoons.  A lot of the time it works.  Some times it does not.  But timing laundry around the weather is yet another way to remind ourselves that our choices–even mundane choices like how and when we do laundry–are always connected to the environment.

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One Response to cycles o’ laundry

  1. Lisa Kozleski says:

    Another lovely post, Sara. There is so much about cycles and seasons on the farm (and not just when it comes to food).

    Wishing you lots of sunshine!

    [Lethbridge College]Lisa Kozleski
    Senior writer and editor
    Lethbridge College
    403-320-3202 X5778

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