Opt to Act - Simple Action #41: Skip the dryer. Hang dry your laundry this week.

Join REI in making the fight for a life outdoors part of your life with the Opt to Act Plan - 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here.

Week 41: Skip the dryer. Hang dry your laundry this week. 

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates it takes about 5 percent of your home energy use to dry clothing. Even with energy-efficient dryers, this is still quite the load. Drying your clothing in a machine also wears down the fibers, making their life cycle shorter. To prolong the life of your clothing and your pocketbook, consider hang drying your items. If time is an issue, you can run your dryer for half of the time, and then hang dry the remainder.

At REI, we believe a life outdoors is a life well lived.