Using Earth’s free “solar dryer” will help your checkbook and the environment. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Saver website suggests air drying as a no-cost way to save energy since the clothes dryer is second to the water heater in household appliance electricity use. And every time you choose to line-dry laundry instead of using a dryer, you avoid adding more of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) to the atmosphere.
For modesty’s sake (a common grievance among detractors), pin up undergarments inside a pillowcase, hints Laura Shafer, clothesline designer and eco-activist who helped tenants at a federal housing complex in California’s Bay Area to overturn clothesline restrictions. “If you live where there are rules against laundry lines,” she advises, “get on your homeowners’ association board or tenants’ council and change the rules. Most people aren’t even aware these restrictions exist.”
Photo: Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch