A couple of years ago, I worked briefly, on a contract basis, in
I couldn’t understand why Americans, or at least Californians, did not use clotheslines. After all, the
It wasn’t until last year before I knew the reason. American homeowners are concerned that clothesline – not exactly something aesthetic – could cause depreciation of their properties.
However, an environmentalist named Alexander Lee is advocating the use of clothesline to replace the clothes dryer. He lists many reasons for doing so:
- Save money – more than $100/year on electric bill for most households.
- Conserve energy and the environment.
- Clothes and sheets smell better.
- Clothes last longer. Where do you think lint comes from?
- It is physical activity which you can do in or outside.
- Sunlight bleaches and disinfects.
- Indoor racks can humidify in dry winter weather.
- Clothes dryer fires account for about 15,600 structure fires, 15 deaths, and 400 injuries annually. The yearly national fire loss for clothes dryer fires in structure is estimated at $99 million.
(Source: Project Laundry List)