Tuesday, January 22, 2008

A New Line on the "Right to Dry"

The snow is falling this morning and the temperature is -5C. Care to hang out your laundry?
Probably not, but should you have the right to put your laundry on the clothesline rather than use your dryer? It ought to be your choice as to whether (weather?) you stand out in the freezing cold, teeth chattering, to save electricity and make your clothes smell fresher.

It seem an odd time of the year for the provincial government to announce that it will soon become the law for people to have that freedom of choice. Then again, if we know now, we will be ready and waiting for the warmer weather. Some municipalities have passed and enforced silly by-laws prohibiting the use of clotheslines on aesthetic grounds. It is such nonsense and we are finally coming to our senses.

It's estimated that the average household saves $30 during the three hottest months of the year by using a clothesline. It's not a huge sum, but I'm guessing that it has more to do with the environmental impact for most people than the cost-saving. And what if several million households joined the solar and wind-powered clothes-drying revolution?

One of our families purchased a new home recently and she is delighted that there is a long stretch of clothesline. Why not believe that all of these rather modest acts of conservation contribute to the care of the world that God has created.

I wonder if Al Gore and his family use a clothesline?

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