By Elaine and Steve O'Brien
April 10, 2009
Clotheslines were once a natural part of our nation's landscape. But as postwar baby-boomers embraced labor-saving appliances in the 1950s, clotheslines came to be seen as 'flags of poverty," linked with people who couldn't afford a dryer.
Since the 1970's clotheslines have been banned by development restrictions in most U.S. states. According to Project Laundry List, 60 million people live in 300,000 "association governed" communities nationwide, most of which restrict outdoor drying. Condominium and homeowners' groups say they have the right to ban practices that drag down property values, and clotheslines top the list.
How does it stack up energy-wise?
Clothesline advocates in several states have launched "Right to Dry" movements.
"It is ridiculous to be so worried about looking at your neighbors' underwear that you would prevent them from conserving energy," said Vermont Sen.Dick McCormack.
So many of us tend to look toward federal and state governments to make laws that reduce energy waste, and to manufacturers to make better products.
It falls to each of us to change
our behaviors to reduce energy usage in our daily lives. One
of the simplest solutions is right in our own back yard.
Received April 07, 2009 - Published April 10, 2009
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