Wednesday, February 17, 2010

ABC Wednesday--"E" is for "Energy Efficient"

Few people own dryers here, opting to dry their clothes on a clothesline in their yard or porch or else draped over radiators indoors. While walking Bibi the other evening in nearly one foot of snow and at -3 Celsius, I came upon these socks put out to dry. I imagine that may happen only next April. I have a dryer, but use it only in the winter (now!) and between midnight and 8 a.m., when electricity is cheapest, to save energy. The owner of these socks is saving energy too, but I hope he has extra pairs inside to wear.

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24 comments:

Sylvia K said...

They may dry, but I bet they're frozen! What a great shot and a fun post for the day! Love it!! Have a great week! May your stay warm and have lots of warm socks!

Sylvia

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow! I finished drying specially the pants and towels in front of our fire stove that saves money too ^_^.

E-eggs

jabblog said...

Beautiful shot - like you I hope he has spare warm dry pairs!

photowannabe said...

Very clever original use of the letter E. It probably will take a long time to dry those socks. This is a great picture. An entire story in one shot.

Tash said...

How appropriate and I do love the color & composition including the basin!
Can you imagine people in CA not having dryers? And it's been 80 degrees outside this week. I think we could apply so much more energy efficiency without too much extra time. (Yup, in Tuzla, we used to dry stuff over the radiators - we had central heating! which my grandmother hated when she came to visit - nothing compared to her old wood fired stove.)

Jacob said...

Good eye! I like what appears to be the different sizes and shapes...maybe more than one sock wearer is represented?

You don't see this much in the US anymore. Most everyone uses dryers. Ours is a new "energy-efficient" dryer which means it doesn't do as good a job as our old one!

Alexa said...

I really wish I could hang my laundry outdoors—though maybe not in below-freezing temps. Frozen socks just don't sound all that cozy.

Gaelyn said...

I really don't like my clothes freeze dried. But in an effort to conserve energy I use the dryer during the cheapes hours also. Nice capture of life.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» would hazard a guess that April would be an optimistic estimate of when those socks would dry!

Jama said...

I don't have the dryer, all my laundry are sun-dried and it help that it's always sunny here in Singapore.

Tumblewords: said...

Oh, this is funny. Although I remember using a clothesline and bringing in frozen sheets. I wish the sockless wonder the best of luck! Excellent post!

Kim said...

I really love this shot! The repetition of the socks against the interior light is really cool. I do feel like I'm peeking over the back fence of a house in Oakland, though :-). . .all the bars on the window and door! The snow on the tree put put me in mind of the old slumber party trick of people stealing your bra in the night, soaking it and putting it in the freezer. :-)

Lily Hydrangea said...

such a cool E post for today Bibi. I love using my radiators as a clothes dryer. An added plus is the wet clothes help add some moisture to the air in the house as well.
I've been wanting to put up a clothes line in my basement but right now it's a bit of a mess -though I guess there's no need to air my laundry on the internet.... he-he..!

Virginia said...

Interesting that your rates go down at night. I"m thinking Dr. Seuss, whom I LOVE, could have had a field day with this: One sock, two sock........ :)
V

Jilly said...

Oh I do love this shot Bibi. The socks against the light and so much else to look at it. It all works so well together. I have a dryer and rarely use it, even in winter as I hang stuff over the radiators. If it ever warms up here then washing goes outside as per usual. If ever....

Chuck Pefley said...

Excellent photo, Bibi. But aren't those socks a bit hard to put on? I'll bet they're really, really stiff!

Gunn said...

I like your photo and it was interesting to read too.

jay said...

How funny! I remember having no dryer and having to dry everything outside or on airers. And I well remember forgetting to bring the laundry in on frosty nights and finding the clothes as stiff as a board next morning!

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Thérèse said...

I can so easily imagine how these socks feel to the touch! Growing up we had no dryer and it was hard work to bring back inside the so stiff laundry...
I love the picture of course!

Paula said...

You're too funny. I used to be a dedicated clothesline dryer but now I use the electric one. I'll have to get back to it somehow.

LeAnn * ~ See Great Things said...

Wow, that is a cool story to read and see! Thanks for sharing.~

Daryl said...

Fabulous!

Roger Owen Green said...

Such a good idea, but I haven't done that in years outdoors. Though when our dryer broke down,m we hung LOTS of clothes inside.

Françoise said...

Nice picture but a little thing bibi, you save money when you dry your clothes in the night with dryer, not energy ;)