• Hanging it out to dry
    June 21,2013
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    The arrival of summer and its sunshine is cause for all kinds of celebration: barbecues, flower gardens, bikinis. Maybe you would like to add the good habit of using a clothesline.

    Thankfully, Vermont is one of 19 states promoting our “right to dry,” but 60 million Americans live in subdivisions where hanging a couple of shirts to dry in the sun is forbidden.

    Let’s remind ourselves of the following: An electric dryer can use $1,500 in electricity during its lifetime; hanging clothes on the line helps them last longer, smell better and is good exercise. Finally, we don’t need to wait for the government to take action in order to help save energy.

    Not using a clothesline says that we have chosen to ignore the obvious.

    NICK THORNBLADE

    Castleton
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