Re: Common laundry question
From: fergyb2 (
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:21:09 -0800 (PST)
    Don't assume your drying habits will be replicated by your neighbors. At 
Swans Market Cohousing we track usage and I can tell you that 80% of our 
households always machine dry their wash and the other 20% sometimes do.  So I 
suspect having fewer dryers than washers will turn out to be a mistake which 
will cause big back ups and longer wait times.  I agree that a folding counter 
or table space in the laundry room is very desirable.
      Another advantage to common laundry facilities vs every household having 
their own hook up is use of space.  Not having to have a washer dryer in my 
unit means I have more space available for closets, or a pantry or whatever I'd 
much rather have.
                        Bonnie Fergusson
                        Swans Market Cohousing
                         Oakland, CA
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On Nov 15, 2012, at 8:51 PM, Jerry McIntire <jerry.mcintire [at]> 

> This is fun! I'm certainly gaining some new ideas and perspectives.
> Karen, I like the portable racks idea. In fact, that's what our family uses
> in winter. We have one set up in our laundry room. It will hold nearly an
> entire load, so we do one load a day for three days, then we're good until
> next week. It takes almost 24 hours to air dry cotton clothing in our house
> at 67° in winter. Here is the wood rack we use, heavy duty, made by Amish
> families here in the U.S.--
> Thanks Patti for helping to answer the "Why common laundry?" question:
> "Besides the fact that simply owning less machines per community decreases
> carbon footprint,  there is a huge savings per household when resources are
> pooled to buy top of the line, energy efficient, commercial grade machines
> to share."  Patti--Jamaica Plain Cohousing
> Our members are very interested in sharing resources to reduce the amount
> of things that are built/consumed. Machines that are used more may last
> slightly less long, but if we're able to afford well-built, more durable
> commercial machines, there is clearly a savings for us and the environment.
> Our last home front loader lasted only seven years. A pump went out, and it
> was nearly the same price to buy a new machine as it would have been to
> repair the old.
> Diana, it is cold for many months in Wisconsin. For nearly five months we
> dry our clothes inside. But winter or summer, we almost never use our
> dryer. We can't see buying several to sit unused, when one or two will do
> the job. Not to mention, air drying inside in the winter adds needed
> humidity.
> Sharon, I guess it would be wise not to put the laundry next to the guest
> rooms.
> Jerry McIntire
> Stone's Throw Ecovillage
> Viroqua, Wisconsin
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