Have you ever considered using a clothes line to dry your clothes instead of using the dryer? If not, then you’re missing out on a great way to help the environment and your pocketbook. Here are four eco friendly and budget conscious reasons to do so.
1) Lower your carbon footprint. Using a clothesline will seriously lower your carbon footprint. Clothes dryers are huge energy hogs and can be one of the most energy-intensive appliances in the home. Anytime you dry you clothes without using the dryer you are sparing the environment from power plant emissions related to generating the extra electricity. Instead, let the power of the sun and wind dry your clothing for free and without emissions.
2) Save money. Energy use equals money. The less you use an energy-wasting clothes dryer, the more money you’ll keep in your pocket. Over its lifetime a clothes dryer will usually cost you $1500 or more in electricity. If your situation is that you don’t have a clothes dryer, then buying a clothes line is much cheaper than the dryer!
3) Get great-smelling laundry the natural way. If you can use an outdoor clothesline, let the sun burn away excess moisture and the bacteria that dwells in it. The snappy wind that dries your clothes also brings with it all the wonderful scents and smells of nature’s beauty, making your laundry smell crisp and clean without the use of chemical perfumes.
4) Do it because a clothes line is easy to use. A variety of different types of clothes lines are available today. In fact, you can find them for both indoor and outdoor use (for example if you have space in a bathroom). One type of clothes line is called the rotary hoist, which is a rotary clothes line that lets you easily hang out a whole lot of clothing at once. Many actually collapse when you aren’t using them. There’s also a retractable clothes line available. These lines are stored in a box that are easily mounted, and you only pull out the line when needed. There are also easy folding frame clothes lines that are easy for drying clothing indoors and they won’t take up space when you are not using them. If you do use an indoor clothesline, don’t forget to open the window so you can enjoy at least some of the benefits of letting the outdoors dry your clothes!
Unfortunately most households in the United States don’t use a clothes line for a variety of reasons. They can include no outdoor room, inability to have one because of a neighborhood association, and more. But nobody can stop you from using a retractable clothesline indoors in a convenient corner, if that’s what it takes. With all the options available for both indoors and out, they are definitely worth giving a try if you want to work on saving energy and helping the environment.