Weeklong series on the Banning of Clotheslines by 35,000 Home Owner
Associations in California.
With permission of Doonesbury.com
view the rest of the series at Doonesbury.com - direct linked below.
3 inforcing the 'rules'
Day 4, property values
Day 5- the concerned neighbor
6 bylaws & threats
the hang-up? Clotheslines save energy and money, but they are considered
unsightly by some and banned in many areas. Rising electricity
rates have prompted Stacey Swett to seriously consider taking a
step she finds somewhat distasteful: hanging a clothesline in her
back yard. "I don't really like the looks of them, but you
have to get past that; we have a huge issue here with our SMUD bill,"
Swett said. [Right photo: Leo Rainer hangs laundry
in the back yard of his Davis home. An employee of Davis Energy
Group, which designs energy-efficient systems for homes and businesses.
Rainer is a firm believer in the simple, venerable - and in many
neighborhoods - banned clothesline.]
The California Energy
Commission touts clotheslines as a nearly cost-free way to conserve
electricity. Statewide, clothes dryers burn about 1,000 megawatts
of electricity on a hot summer day, which could be enough to avert
a blackout on days when state power supplies are tight. An electric
dryer costs about $130 a year to run. A retractable clothesline
will set you back about $14.99....more.
Mary Lynne Vellinga in Sacramento Bee 2001.05.21