Here in Northern California I’m constantly inundated with ads from our local power company, PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric), about how they’re working hard to provide cleaner energy through solar and wind technology. At the same time, my daughter is flooded with information about greenhouse gases and global warming. Meanwhile, cities and municipalities around the state are requiring that people around the state dump more than 2,000 pounds of CO2 into the air each year using clothes dryers.
According to Project Laundry the average American household could save $63.88 per year if they hung their clothes out to dry instead of running them through a clothes dryer. And that figure doesn’t include the money saved on replacing clothing that gets worn out or destroyed in dryers (where do you think lint comes from?) or the $99 million per year in property damage to houses and apartment buildings due to dryer fires.
So, why are towns across America banning the use of clotheslines? According to a 2004 article at LegalAffairs.org–
Listening to Richard Monson, the president of the California Association of Homeowners Associations, you would think that homeowners ought to be as worried about clotheslines as about vermin or graffiti. A clothesline in a neighborhood can lower property values by “15 percent,” Monson is fond of saying. “Modern homeowners don’t like people’s underwear in public. It’s just unsightly.”
Yep, it’s okay to waste actual money everyday, destroy the environment, and risk death and destruction by fire as long as the potential for more money down the line is kept in tact. Bullocks!
I say rebel against the status quo (and politicians)! Stand up for your rights to use the free solar and wind power that nature (or God if you prefer) provides us! Hang a clothesline and that those undies proudly flap in the breeze! You’ll be safer, you’ll save money, you’ll help the environment, you’ll have fresher smelling (and longer lasting) clothes, and you might even get a little exercise to combat the growing obesity problem (pun intended).
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