Friday, September 23, 2011

What are options to a clothesline?

Ask Ida


Dear Ida B. Green,

I'd like to be able to dry my sheets on a clothesline but our CC&Rs don't allow for lines in our development.

Signed,

Electric Only

Dear Electric,

Electric clothes dryers are the norm of modern housekeeping, but their convenience is estimated to cost Americans about 6 percent of our homes' total electric bills. In our valley, taking advantage of our powerful sunshine and dry breezes should, arguably, be a "no brainer."

There are two ways to go about returning to the pleasures of having your sheets smell mountain fresh (without using defyingly artificial fragrances). The first option is to join with other like-minded neighbors and take the issue to your next neighborhood association meeting. CC&Rs are generally open to change with sufficient member support.

If this doesn't pan out, you might have to give up the natural disinfecting and bleaching powers of the sun but still get the wonderful fragrance of line-drying your wash. I have three lines stretched across the nose-end of my carport that allow me to line-dry laundry come hail, rain or dark of night. I still get to enjoy snuggling down into that great clean-sheet smell come nightfall but I don't have to worry if I leave them out overnight if the sprinkler goes on.

Increase your savings. Only run full loads and use cold-water cycles whenever possible.

Keep it Green,

Ida

—Elizabeth Jeffrey




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