In Vermont, energy-conscious folks who want to hang their laundry outside to dry can no longer be prohibited from doing so. Vermonters won the ‘Right to Dry’ at the end of the last legislative session The Vermont legislature passed, S-18: An Act Relating to Limiting the Power of Municipalities or Deeds to Prohibit the Installation of Solar Collectors, Clotheslines, or Other Energy Devices Based on Renewable Resources.
Electric and gas clothes dryers are estimated to consume between 6% and 25% of a household’s total energy.
Lyman Orton, owner of the Vermont Country Store, headed up the clean laundry-airing efforts that make Vermont among the first in the country to protect the age-old custom of air-drying laundry.
Airing Clean Laundry
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