Using a clothesline to dry clothes outside is a great way to save energy and reduce your electricity bills.
If the weather makes it impossible to dry your clothes outside for much of the year, you can purchase a wooden drying rack and dry your clothes indoors.
On average, a clothes dryer results in 2 kg of greenhouse gas emissions per load. By avoiding using a clothes dryer, you reduce electricity which helps to greenhouse gas emissions, smog, acid rain, mercury pollution, and nuclear waste. Both a clothesline and a drying rack cost next to nothing, so you will recoup the cost in no time.
Using a clothesline often leaves your clothes smelling fresh, and it also helps your clothes last longer, since there is less wear and tear and no shrinking. It also means you won’t need to use a fabric softener since fabrics that are air dried stay softer.
While using a clothesline or drying rack takes more effort than throwing clothes into the dryer, it will save you a lot of money and help the environment by conserving energy. Clearly, the effort is worth it.
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