Home Energy Hogs: Clothes Dryers In The US And Tea Kettles In The UK. Tea Kettles?

The 4%'rs:  Tea Kettle vs Clothes DryerIt seems people in the UK love their tea the way we love our dry clothes. According to an article in the Guardian Sustainable Business Blog, the Brits are loving their tea so much that it’s accounting for 4% of UK household carbon emissions. The 4% is familiar because it matches how much electricity is consumed by clothes dryers in a US household.

How can a tea kettle use so much power? It seems tea drinkers in the UK like their tea hot and due to distractions, have to re-boil the water in their tea kettle 2.4 times per cup of tea. The solution offered by the article was clothesline-simple – whistles on tea kettles.

Easy fix and our only job left is to find a less-dorky Jubbling equivalent website in the UK that will push tea kettle whistles the way we push clotheslines. [Guardian SBB via Grist]


NQJW Ninth Edition: Las Vegas Going Dry, Scrubba Wash Bag, More DONG… Energy News

Stories that are not quite Jub-Worthy There are stories out there that merit the cycle of agonizing over our thoughts and limited writing abilities for four hours, and others that might be interesting but are just as well represented by a link. Here are those links.

  • Las Vegas bets on desert water pipeline as Nevada drinks itself dry – Lake Mead is drying up so what’s Las Vegas to do? Plan B is all about piping groundwater and drying out neighboring states. Conservation? That would be plan Z. [Guardian]
  • Las Vegas and Lake Mead - 1972-2010

  • Scrubba Your Clothes with This Washing Machine In a Bag
    [youtube width=”270″ height=”180″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7lLzVltvmc[/youtube]

    The Scrubba wash bag is a great solution for people in the wilds who actually care about how they smell. Double bonus: the Scrubba wash bag comes with a clothesline. [Gizmodo]

  • Dong Energy splashes out £40m on Centrica’s Irish Sea offshore wind plan – Positive news about wind power – awesome. Getting to mention DONG Energy again – awesome2. [Business Green]
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    Install An Indoor Clothesline During Clotheslining’s Off-Season

    Indoor ClotheslineCall it winter training or pre-season but indoor clotheslines are the way to go when the weather isn’t. Basically the same idea as outdoor clotheslines but the indoor version just takes longer for the clothes to dry. My non-handy self managed to install an adjustable shower rod above my washer and dryer which I supported with brackets on either end. I then collected extra plastic coat hangers from around the house and that’s about it. I still machine dry the small items but the heavy cottons, pants and coats are hung on the rod cutting back my dryer usage by 60%! It takes about 8 hours for the clotheslined items to dry but the Jubbling factor makes it all worth it.


    Double-Duty With The Raintree Raincatching Clothesline

    [youtube width=”425″ height=”239″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsOU0h_Zv5A[/youtube]I guess the sod-covered picNYC table also served two purposes – it’s a table and a litterbox – but the Raintree idea from Christina Bertea is truly a dual-use product. During the summer, the Raintree is an outdoor clothes dryer and in the off-season, it’s a raincatcher that can collect 3 – 65 gallon drums of water during San Francisco’s rainy winter. The Raintree is made out of plywood scraps, an umbrella stand and vinyl from recycled convention banners. Jubbling 101.


    A Winter Tip For The Clothesline Aficionado

    Santa Pants On A ClotheslineHey summer clothesliners, don’t give up yet just because it’s getting cold outside. There are still ways to cut back on your dryer use even though you can’t hang your clothes outside. How? Easy, plastic coat hangers. What you need to do is simply take out the moisture-holding heavy cotton items (sweatshirts, t-shirts, pajamas etc.) from your washed clothes and hang them on plastic coat hangers to dry separately. You can then put the hangers on a shower curtain rod or low-traffic doorway to dry. I’ve found that separating reduced our drying times by 30-40% because including the heavy cotton items prevented everything else from getting dry.

    Yes, it definitely raises the redneck by a factor of 10 having clothes drying all through your house but when you buy your Christmas tree from Goodwill, use a outdoor patio heater to cook bacon and make your kid wear your dress shoes that are 3 sizes too big – you really don’t have anywhere to go but up.

    One last recommendation is to use one of these clip-n-drip hangers for your cotton socks and underwear. (Ignore this recommendation if you go sockless and commando.) Clip And Drip Clothes Dryer