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Save electricity by hanging an indoor clothesline in your garage

Updated on June 30, 2012

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Do you use a clothesline to dry your clothes?

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Your Right-to-Dry

Ah, the warmth of summer! Some folks look forward to the warmer months but dread the electric bills. With electric rates rising steadily over the years and weather forecasters predicting record warmth, the need to find more economical ways of doing things without using electricity is on the rise. One of the easiest and least expensive ways of cutting your electric bill is to hang up a clothesline.

Electric clothes dryers use a fair amount of electricity. They are responsible for about 12% of your electricity consumption so you can save a considerable amount of money by line drying your clothes. Some towns and neighborhoods have ordinances restricting outdoor clotheslines. In some states, solar easement statutes protect citizens “right-to-dry” their clothes outdoors if they choose to do so. If you feel uncomfortable hanging your undergarments outside for everyone to see or you live where restrictions are placed on outdoor clotheslines, you can install a clothesline in an outbuilding or garage and get all the savings of line drying and bypass those silly codes.

Clothesline rope
Clothesline rope

Tools and Items You Will Need

You will need a few simple hand tools and a few inexpensive purchased items to complete this project.

Savings

I used four #4 screw eyes and two pieces of 25' long pieces of clothesline rope. I spent about $8 total on this project. Divide that $8 by the average cost of 49 cents to dry a load of laundry and you can see it will take line drying about 16 loads of laundry to recoup the project costs. It will take me about three weeks to break even averaging six loads of laundry per week. I should save $3 every week after that by line drying my clothes. Your savings may vary.

screw eyes
screw eyes

Fasteners

Locate where you want to hang your clothesline making sure to place it high enough to keep your clothes from dragging the floor or ground. You'll need to install your screw eyes to tie your clothesline onto.

boring a hole
boring a hole

Installing the Screw Eyes and Tying the Clothesline

Using your drill and a 3/16" drill bit, bore a pilot hole into the stud or header for the screw eye.

tighten by hand
tighten by hand

Start the screw eye by hand and using an adjustable wrench or screwdriver, tighten it until its firmly seated into the wood. You don't want it pulling out and risk dropping your clean clothes to the floor.

Tie the clothesline to the screw eyes with taut-line hitch knot.This is a great knot for tying clotheslines and hammocks because you can loosen the knot easily and pull the line taut.This will remove any sagging that will occur in the line after you've used it for a period of time. Your clothesline will sag and you will need to re-tighten it. The other nice thing about this knot is you can easily untie it to take down your clothesline when you need to.


Hang Your Laundry

Now that you're done installing the clothesline, you can start hanging up the laundry. Rain or shine, you can always dry your clothes indoors or in a garage and you don't have to worry about someone stealing your panties from the line if you dry inside. You can even dry year-round as long as the temperatures stay above freezing inside. My garage is as hot as my electric dryer on it's lowest heat setting in the summer - and that's with one window open for fresh air. It doesn't take long to dry clothes in that kind of heat and it's economical to boot. Using a clothesline to dry your clothes makes sense. It reduces your electrical consumption and carbon footprint while saving you some hard-earned money.


Airing out to dry
Airing out to dry

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I used to hang some of the wash on a clothesline outside. I did enjoy the fresh smell the clothes got in the open air. I like the illustration you showed for making the knot. That would work for a number of things around the house. Good idea for an article.

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      Living Well Now 5 years ago from Near Indianapolis

      Thanks for kind words. I vividly remember my mom hanging sheets out on the line as a kid. She'd add a little bleach to the wash water and they smelled crisp and fresh when she would tuck us between them.

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      tmbridgeland 5 years ago from Small Town, Illinois

      We almost never use the dryer even in winter. Total waste of money. Good Hub reminding people of a simple way to save.

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      Living Well Now 5 years ago from Near Indianapolis

      I usually use a drying rack indoors in the winter. The drying clothes add humidity to the air. Thanks for stopping by commenting.

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 5 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Living Well Now!

      Not only did I enjoy the topic and the way you illustrated the project with photo's I particularly enjoyed the message it sends to everyone who reads it; there's another, simpler way of living.

      I also really liked the way you presented yourself on your profile. Your daughter is very lucky to have a Dad who portrays the model for a real man!

      Well done. Voted up and awesome.

      BTW Welcome to our HubPages community. If I can be of any assistance please don't hesitate to ask!

      Sincerely,

      Bruce

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      Living Well Now 5 years ago from Near Indianapolis

      Thank you Bruce. I appreciate the thoughtful comment. I'm glad to be a member of the HubPages community and I'm looking forward to creating and reading more hubs!

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      I like this hub, because it helps us save some much needed Mulla, its very useful, and well constructed. The interest come in where you explain in great detail about such a simple task, but do it in such an extraordinary way, which says a great deal about you writing ability.

      Awesome hub here, and thanks for visiting one of mine recently, welcome to hubpages as I see you have just got things going, and I wish you great success here which I'm sure you'll be heading writing like this & in no time.

      Cheers to awesome writing your new found budd, Cloud Explorer. Voted up and beyond!

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      Living Well Now 5 years ago from Near Indianapolis

      You are very kind, CE. I appreciate the thoughtful comment. I'm looking forward to reading more of your hubs.

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