Ontario clothesline ban to be thrown to the wind
Clotheslines are illegal in parts of Ontario, apparently because they're ugly.
I applaud the government for at last letting loose laundered loungewear hanging in the air.
It's a law many consider outdated given current energy conservation concerns, which is part of the reason the province is moving to remove bans on clotheslines.
Outdoor clotheslines are currently banned in some parts of the province under municipal bylaws and in some cases contracts with home builders, usually for aesthetic reasons, but Ontario is examining allowing anyone living in a freehold detached, semi-detached or row house to put one out in their yard.
Clothes dryers consume on average 900 kilowatt hours of electricity a year, or six per cent of residential consumption. If a quarter of that was hung out to dry not only would it reduce greenhouse gases but it'd also save consumers $30 a year on their electricity bills.
After their 2003 election victory the Liberals passed an energy conservation leadership law with a clause that would allow them to end local bans on clotheslines.