well, in irony, our dryer isn't working even with a lighter load, and turning it right-side up (it's designed to hang both ways), and so on. AND we got out power bill. For the month, it was $60 for gas, and $120 for electricity!!!! We have five electric appliances -- fridge, range, washer, dryer, and crock pot.
the fridge is only 2 yrs old, and fairly efficient. we checked the seals and everything is fine. i keep it turned down pretty low, as well, just to keep it more efficient. the crock pot is about a year old, and yes, as efficient as they are. we use it about 1-3 times per week usually for 2-4 hrs depending upon what we're making.
the range is of unknown age, but as of last week, the oven isn't working. it's not that big of a problem -- we don't use it all that often -- but I would like to. So, we told the landlady and we asked her that if the range needs to be replaced, is it possible to connect to gas or is it only possible for it to be electric? It would be great to have gas -- we much prefer cooking with that! but, even if it is a new electric, it should be more efficient than the current one.
the washer and dryer are what is left. We do not use the lights much (we do candle light after dark and in the morning before sunrise -- just preference) -- just the bathroom light when we need to. I think the dryer ate a lot of power with this last bill, and since it's not working, we'll just be able to let it go. I"ll have the salvation army pick it up soon. WE like line drying, too, we've noticed.
So, that leaves me with the washer. I have quite a large sink in there, so I could easily hand wash a fair bit of clothing. I think i'm going to try that later this week and see how it goes. I think that -- if like the dishes -- I do a little bit each day, it won't be that big of a deal. One outfit from DH, myself, and DS, plus random wet things from DS. Then once a week do the towels and sheets (probably let them soak a bit in the whitening powder). It might work out ok. I'm going to run it as an experiment, at least. I'm not sure why I didn't think of this before.
I used to think that i *needed* a dishwasher because we had so many dishes. But now, I have one that we never use (it's a rental, so it belongs to the landlady of course). I'm wondering if my washing machine can go the same way. hmm.