Friday, February 13, 2009

Drying Clothes on the Line

It saves power and money. (Via Lew Rockwell)
When clothes dryers account for at least 6% of the electricity used by U.S. households, is it any wonder that line-drying is coming back? In places where the practice is banned as an unsightly nuisance to neighbors, right-to-dry activists and blogging eco-moms are forming an alliance. Their cause: to reduce energy consumption and to call upon sunlight rather than bleach to get those whites even whiter.


Alexandra said...

I agree with the article, discretion should be taken when hanging your laundry. I think as long as you keep it in the backyard out of site, it shouldn't be a problem. We hang ours across our back fence on a line which is hung low. You can't see it from the street, or anyone's windows.

In the winter I hang it inside on three racks, one load at a time.

I'm so glad we don't live under a HOA!

boinky said...

In the sunny days of summer, the sheets smell wonderful.

But when it's twenty below in Minnesota, it means a basement full of laundry hanging up.
And what if you live in an apartment?

We didn't have a drier when I was a kid, and believe me, having to hang up clothes and sheets is a chore when you have to do it, no matter how cold or hot..not to mention you have to run outside bring it in wet when it rains.

I suspect most of those advocating hanging up sheets will lose their enthusiasm after a year or two.