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Casa Verde: Ontario Okays Clotheslines

According to Energy Minister Gerry Phillips, Ontario will lift its ban on clotheslines in time for residents to take advantage of warm summer breezes. Various municipal bylaws and contracts with home builders have outlawed the use of clotheslines until now. The lifting of the ban will mean that anyone living in a detached, semi-detached, or row house will be able to let their clothes flap in the breeze. The measure will not include condominiums or high-rise apartments.

Clothes dryers use approximately six percent of residential electricity consumption in Canada, and hanging just 25 percent of laundry on clotheslines could reduce bills by $30 a year while also helping to reduce greenhouse gases.

What do you think? Does your community or building outlaw clotheslines? If the ban was lifted, would you think about line drying your laundry?


beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i had no idea such things were banned. so it is okay to have lights on in buildings all day and night in downtown, which adds a lot to the 'urban heat element' for aesthetic reasons, and god forbid clothes hanging from windows are seen...because this looks terrible?! this is all very absurd. i line dry in my laundry room with the window open. if i lived in an apartment building, i'd certainly want to line dry my stuff! paying for the washing machine and the dryer is so expensive, among other things.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
I have a metal quilt rack that I use to dry my delicates. It's in my bedroom and when I open the door it smells so fresh and saves energy AND gives you free room deodorizer!
chambra chambra 9 years
I have an indoor clothes line I use it all the time for delicates. Hanging your clothes on it right out of the washer helps them last longer and makes my apartment smell yummy!
krazykarot krazykarot 9 years
my mom does and now that I live in an apartment with enough space for it, i'll definitely hang my laundry out to dry.
kissmesteph kissmesteph 9 years
My neighbourhood (in Ontario) has always allowed them and we hang almost everything to dry in the spring/summer/fall, so I'm glad that others will be able to take advantage of it.
khrystena khrystena 9 years
Finally! I live in a community that doesn't allow them, and I grew up with them and love the idea!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My mom used to do this...
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I don't think such law exists in NYC. For as long as I can remember my mom always hung the laundry our to dry on clothes line during the summer.
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