Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Ditch the Dryer
I realized that many of my steps toward simplicity and eco-friendliness have happened not necessarily because I wanted them to, per se. Things happened and Matt and I decided to just see how things would shake out. To test ourselves in a way. To see how much we needed and how much we just thought we needed. This was the case a few years ago when both of our old, beater cars died on the exact same day (really mine wouldn't turn off and Matt's wouldn't turn on, but on that same day they both failed to operate properly). After considering our options--and lamenting how much money we'd already put into those beaters-- we decided to purchase a single, good quality, fuel-efficient car for the both of us to share. It worked and so that is what we have going on now. It had surprisingly good side-effects as well. We both got more fit as we walked and bicycled more. It allows me a full 45 minutes of fresh air, listening to audiobooks, watching birds and sunsets, being alone with my thoughts, etc on my walks home from work. It completely changed my sense of a walkable distance. (As in, "Pffffftttt....three miles...that's nothing!") It made me more appreciative of agreeable weather and utterly grateful when I am offered a car ride in terrible weather. That is not to say there have never been hitches with this shared car arrangement, but not very many and certainly not enough to warrant the money that would be spent to acquire, maintain, and operate a second auto.
Likewise, when the dryer finally came to a screeching, squealing halt a year or two ago Matt and I gave it some good thought. We could see if the dryer could be repaired. We could replace it with a new one as ours was a hand-me-down, older model anyways. Or we could see if we really needed a dryer at all. The latter is what we decided to try, mostly because it was the easiest and cheapest. And again, it worked so that is the way it stayed. I later learned that dryers are one of the major sources of household energy costs so skipping the dryer was not only cheaper for me, but also better for the planet. Super. To me that is a huge win-win.
You never know when blessings in disguise might present themselves. I love that fact about this wacky world. And you never know what you are capable of until you push yourself outside of what you already know and just give it a try. It might be great. It might be terrible. But, at least you'll know for sure and you might be pleasantly surprised, as I certainly am.