(Closed) Do you run appliances when you’re not home?

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: Which appliances do you run while you're away from home?
    dishwasher : (157 votes)
    27 %
    clothes washer : (135 votes)
    23 %
    dryer : (120 votes)
    21 %
    oven : (8 votes)
    1 %
    crockpot : (139 votes)
    24 %
    other (auto vacuum, sprinklers, rosie the robot, etc) : (13 votes)
    2 %
    None! : (13 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    330 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I didnt answer the poll but all of them

    Post # 4
    14657 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    The only thing I run when I’m not home would be the crockpot. 

    Post # 5
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Only the dishwasher and washing machine. I won’t run the dryer when we’re not home. I’ll leave the crockpot on if we’re just running out but I can’t bring myself to use while we’re at work. 9+ hours is too long for something like that to be unsupervised.

    Post # 6
    1297 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m more likely to run the dish or clothes washer than the dryer without being around.

    However, there was one time that I was thankfully at home when the dishwasher was running. One side of the sink that the washer drains into was plugged… I went in the kitchen and it was filling with nasty runoff water. Luckily the other side of the sink was still working so my roommate and I bailed water into the other side… ah, college memories. Not sure why we didn’t, ya know, stop the washer.

    Post # 7
    1400 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Crockpot only and it does kind of freak me out but I love cooking in it. I had a friend once who worked for a company one summer where he cleaned up burnt down houses. He told me people leaving their dryers on was one of the main reasons they burned down so I’ve been freaked out ever since and won’t run anything while we’re not home.

    Post # 8
    349 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    NEVER the dryer. I’ve heard so many stories about fires caused by them, and we leave our pup home alone all day.

    Post # 9
    574 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Well, the only one of those that I own is the crockpot, which I hardly ever use.  My mom usually ran the dishwasher overnight and cleaned it out in the mornings so we could fill it up during the day, but I don’t think it’s a safety thing.  I wouldn’t do laundry when I wasn’t home to immediately switch it out because I don’t like wet clothes sitting in a washer for hours, and a drier just seems more dangerous.

    So… none, I guess.

    Post # 10
    331 posts
    Helper bee

    I’ve always been a little wary of leaving things on when I’m not home for an extended period of time. It’s the worrier/planner in me but I’ve just never liked doing it. Now, if I run to the post office, gas station, grocery store, small errand, etc. where I’ll be home in an hour, I’ll let my crockpot or dryer run.

    I used to put a load of clothes in the dryer or run the dishwasher right before heading to bed… I don’t do the dishwasher anymore after reading this a while ago:

    Some Great Fire Safety Tips From Melanie & Robin

    I know the chances are small but I feel like since I live in an apartment building, I could do harm to others, even if it’s an appliance malfunction and not my fault.



    Post # 11
    4803 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Isn’t that kind of the point of a crock pot? That you can leave it running all day when you’re at work, and when you get home dinner will be ready? I’ll run the washer or dryer if I’m not going to be gone for very long, I don’t like to leave them sitting after they’re done. But NEVER the oven, that does seem really dangerous.

    Post # 12
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Wonderstruck:  Ya, I guess. I’m just not comfortable with it for some reason. My mother used to do it all the time and there were never any issues but she also would go home on lunch everyday. We work almost an hour away. If something were to happen, it would be a while before we were even able to get here.

    @Diet Coke:  Yikes! That’s scary. I think the days of running the dishwasher when we leave for work are over. 

    My best friends boyfriends parents house recently burnt down. It was caused by their brand spanking new dryer… that wasn’t even on! They were out of town when something sparked in the lint trap. My friends boyfriend found the fire (they live across the street) and rescued the animals. It was a 100+ year old farmhouse that has been in his family for generations. Very sad.

    Post # 13
    1798 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’ve never thought twice about leaving things on. The only thing I make sure is always off is the oven and stove.

    Post # 14
    226 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2007

    Sometimes I leave the dryer on if I know I won’t be gone for too long.  Reading some of the comments on leaving the dryer on & housefires is making me think twice though.  I don’t think I’ll be doing that anymore.

    Post # 15
    907 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I dont run the dryer bc that could catch on fire. I do run the crockpot, dishwasher, and washing machine.  I guess i could come home to water everywhere if something went wrong with the dishwasher but its fairly new so i take the chance.

    Post # 16
    8607 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I don’t run anything besides the crock pot, and even that kind of freaks me out.

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