Could a clothesline revival be on the horizon? The California Public Utilities Commission, per June 8 Tribune articles, intends energy conservation and conservation incentives in response to the San Onofre nuclear energy facility shutdown. Since clothes dryers account for around 12 percent of energy consumption, PUC clothesline vouchers could be a worthwhile conservation incentive.
Extensive use of simple , inexpensive indoor and outdoor clothes drying devices would reduce, or conceivably replace, reliance on nuclear energy. (My clothes dryer has been used largely for sheets and towels for 40 years. In addition to reduced energy consumption and energy cost, time is saved by clothes being placed directly onto hangers to dry instead of into and out of the dryer and then onto hangers.)
Like other developed nations, ours could be energy wise by limiting use of clothes dryers.