When The Dirt was just a little kid, he vividly remembers helping his mom put clean clothes out to dry on the backyard clothesline. In the 20+ intervening years, however, line-drying clothes has been frowned upon by homeowners’ associations and others who believed clotheslines would decrease property values. The pendulum may be swinging back, however; a great article in the Christian Science Monitor discusses the “right to dry” movement in detail. From the article:
At last count, in 2005, there were 88 million dryers in the US, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers. Annually, these dryers consume 1,079 kilowatt hours of energy per household, creating 2,224 pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions.
Besides the global-warming and cost-saving aspects of clotheslines, proponents say hanging out clothes requires exercise and time outside – elements that are missing from many Americans’ lives. “So much of our lives have become automated,” Mr. Wentzell says. Plus, using a clothesline makes “your clothes last longer and smell better.”
On your next residential project, why not suggest a little area for clothes drying outside? It can go right over there beside the koi pond, the outdoor kitchen, the firepit, the play area for the dogs, and the putting green!