Well, no more. The Province of Ontario has just passed a law overturning all clothesline bans, including those mandated by subdivisions. According to the article, using outdoor clotheslines instead of electric dryers can:
- Save consumers $30 a year as dryer use would be reduced by 25 per cent
- Cut greenhouse gas emissions, as five dryers produces about the same amount of emissions as an average-sized car
- Reduce demand on the power grid, as dryers use about 900 kilowatt hours of electricity a year.
In addition, there are other great benefits of clothesline use:
- Your clothes last longer since they're not getting beaten up by the dryer;
- static electricity is reduced, thus eliminating the need for dryer sheets or fabric softener;
- the smell of line-dried clothes is sublime, eliminating the need for artificially scented products ("fragrance" is one of the worst items on an ingredient list, environmentally speaking);
- the sun's bleaching ability is better than bleach itself, especially for things like baby diapers. Hang them in the sun and watch your whites go sparkly white.
So head to your nearest home goods store and pick up a clothesline - with weather like this, there's no reason not to!