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OMG is this possible? I was washing them every day, but now I'm washing every other day. I don't have enough diapers to go longer than that. We have a regular washer/dryer, and I'm mostly using prefolds so sometimes I have to run the dryer twice. Buy more dipes and wash less often? Or try hanging them outside to dry? What do you do?
 

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I lived with it. When you add a new family member, everything goes up -- power and water included. Laundry to wash -- not just cloth diapers but clothing and bedding as child grows. And a new person using the toilet flushing water, bathing, etc.<br><br>
If you can dry outside, that can help, but basically your family has grown.<br><br>
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a clothes line helped us a bunch. i hang all the covers and pockets up right out of the wash, and the prefolds go in the dryer for about 10 min just so they don't get crunchy then i hang them in the sun and they get all nice and bleached!
 

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I'm in the same boat and thinking I'm going to have to wash every other day. I was so excited because I finally got enough dipes to go three or four days in between washing but I've tried 3 days twice now and both times I got stains that required extra washings and finally sun. The sun is amazing but living in a place that gets upwards of 40 inches of rain a year...well lets just say the sun can't be counted on year round!! So ultimately I'm going to have to resign myself to every other day but it feels so wasteful!
 

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I see you are in FL. I am in the south also and our electricity bill went up $50 since last month and we didn't start CD until just last week! Hope for you it is a combo of the time of year and CDing.
 

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$50 a month?!?!! That is so crazy! I didn't even notice a small difference in my electrical bill from CDing. But, we wash every third day, I boil a pot of water and put it in the machine rather than doing a "hot" wash (actually, it's probably hotter this way!), and I hang them outside to dry.
 

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It's the heat Mama! It should be back down by October <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> At least we hope so!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's the heat Mama! It should be back down by October <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> At least we hope so!</div>
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I agree our highest Electricity months are typically June- August incidently those are also the months I have my DD with me in Texas visiting family so I know its not from CD washing. Honestly weve really not seen a big diffrence since we no longer CD wash (dd is potty trained)
 

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hanging them outside to dry should help alot
 

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I was just reading that the after the refridgerator, the clothes dryer is the most costly user of electricity in the house. I would say try line drying if you can - but yeah, here in So Texas our summer electric bills are through the roof whether we are CDing or not!
 

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Ours went up about $40 this mornth and we are doing LESS CD laundry because of PLing. I would think it has more to do with the heat than with the CDs. DOes your electric bill have a place where it shows you how much energy you consumed the same time last year? I find that a better gauge than month to month.
 

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Wow, any difference in our electric bill was negligible.
 

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I didn't really notice a change in our electricity bill with Cding but we already do a ton of laundry as it is so an extra load every couple of days was nothing. Our electricity bill is usually around $100 or so. Do you get a reading every month or do they do estimates sometimes. If it was an actual reading and you had estimates before maybe it was just catch up for the previous months, sometimes that happens on our bills.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I didn't really notice a change in our electricity bill with Cding but we already do a ton of laundry as it is so an extra load every couple of days was nothing. Our electricity bill is usually around $100 or so. Do you get a reading every month or do they do estimates sometimes. If it was an actual reading and you had estimates before maybe it was just catch up for the previous months, sometimes that happens on our bills.</div>
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our water bill is like that. they only charge usage every other month. it surprises me every time i see the spike <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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I think it is the heat. We have been lucky this year, and Texas has had a super wet summer. It didn't start getting really hot this year until last month, and our bills show it! Our bills have also gone up because we haven't left the house (thus turning up the air) too much since having the baby. It has just been too hot!<br><br>
We line dry towels and diapers 75-85% with a quick touch up in the dryer. If you have just prefolds, they line dry all the way nicely. I did the math the other day, and discovered just line drying towels and diapers amounts to a TON of laundry. We use a <a href="http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50095091" target="_blank">rack</a> that I found at IKEA, and it works great on our porch. That way we don't run into bad HOA stuff.
 

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prefolds do take a bit longer to dry - what I do is toss them in the dryer for about 15-20 minutes and then hang them up to finish. If you put them in the dryer first, they don't get as crunchy on the line <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I never noticed a difference, but I'd try line drying. I have a heavy duty wooden drying rack that I stick by my back door. If you place it under a vent it dries even faster (if heat or AC is on).
 

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If you can, invest in a water extractor like the Spin-X from Real Goods. It significantly reduces dryer time and pays for itself very quickly.
 

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A lot of people suggested this and I should have clarified before, but it's not the heat. I compared usage to last years bills, and also my AC usage actaully went <i>down</i> when dd was born in May (I was so hot being pregnant I had the ac at 74-75 all the time... now it's at 78-79 during the day). My highest bill was never over 175 last year, and now they are $225+. I think it's the dryer so I'm going to try line drying, Thanks for all the input, I really appreciate it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I haven't heard of this... I'll definitely check it out, thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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