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?

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