Reduce Carbon Footprint with Outdoor Clothesline

Revealing research carried out by the Pew Research Group has recently found that up to 33 percent of Americans see a clothes drier as an unnecessary expense. This, along with the rising cost of living and movements that aim to cut carbon emissions have necessitated a different kind of thinking. Just a few decades back, our grandparents had no problem in letting the outdoors do the work that modern clothes dryers do, at no cost. An outdoor clothesline is a great way for reducing your carbon footprint, and offers many other benefits which we’ll take a look at shortly in this post.

Firing your dryer has many advantages, with the first one being savings in terms of electricity and water costs. In the US, up to 75 percent of homes own a clothes dryer, as compared to only half of European households. This puts a huge amount of strain on the power grid, meaning that the country’s insatiable appetite for energy will continue to go up, increasing our addictive dependence on fossil fuels and worsening air pollution through the burning of coal to generate electricity to make appliances such as dryers work. Green America, a pro environment organization seeks to have all households in the country cut their energy consumption by 50 percent. This is doable, and can take as little as five years to do so, with reductions happening in increments of 10 percent each year.

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Using a dryer leads to lint accumulation over a long period of time. This lint is just a sign of your clothes disintegrating over time. If you used an outdoor clothesline, you would have your clothes last for longer and won’t have to shell out money for clothes every other month. Looking at the bigger picture, this means that the clothing industry won’t have to work overtime and produce product that won’t last for long, which eventually means that the industry’s dependence on energy in manufacturing will gradually decrease, leading to fewer emissions.

Air drying your clothes can minimize your carbon footprint by an amazing 2,400 pounds each year. Additionally, most households pay more than $100 dollars on a dryer’s electricity consumption alone. Another interesting way you can save energy by line drying is due to the fact that this activity is actually seen as a mild form of exercise. The time you would have spent in front of the TV or computer can be spent hanging clothes out to dry. This means that you get a double whammy – fitness and energy conservation for the price of one.

After all’s said and done, you need to know what your Neighborhood Association has to say about having an outdoor clothesline. If you have any anti-household ordinances in your neighborhood, your best bet would be to lobby to have these statutes changed. Remember, this victory will be for you and the environment as a whole. Project Laundry List also has a national petition that you can sign to have prohibitive laws changed in order to have you hang your clothes on a line, the natural and free way. urban clotheslines are becoming commonplace, and make for a greener planet in the long run.

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