Whether you own or rent a home, you’ll still be dealing with the question of how to do your laundry, and one question is whether to install a clothes line in or around your dwelling. Lots of housing units come with a clothes hanging area, but some don’t, and sometimes it’s a good idea to add one to a property. However, the pros and cons of putting up a clothes line are different for each individual situation.
Here are some of the popular reported benefits, as well as the disadvantages, of putting up a clothesline on a property.
Pro: Lower Electricity Cost
Homeowners or renters who look carefully at their utility bills know that the dryer can be a real energy hog. For each load of clothes, the dryer has to throw out a whole lot of heat to get your laundry super-crisp. When you utilize the natural power of the sun to do this, you save all of that heat energy, and therefore, your bills will go down.
Pro: Carbon Footprint
In a time when more people are looking at the environmental costs of their lifestyle, using a close line is a great way to lower your impact on the environment. You’ll be cutting down on what you take from “the grid” and contributing to an overall conservation effort that can be very good for the country as a whole.
Pro: Fresh Air
If you don’t do a lot of outdoor time in your day, hanging clothes on the line can actually be therapeutic. It’s a way to experience the great outdoors, if only for a few minutes.
Pro: Backup Systems
A clothes line can be handy when your dryer starts to experience problems, or when the power goes out. Not everybody with a clothes line uses it for every load of clothing, but when saving power is more important than saving time, the option of drying clothes in the sun can be a real asset.
Con: Leasing Agreements
Some leases are extremely restrictive about what renters can install on a property, or even in a visible part of their own home. Some renters have found that they are not allowed to hang close around the outside of the building, or even in the backyard. This is generally true for properties in upscale or prominent areas of the city or community. Check your leasing agreement carefully before going ahead with any kind of additions to the area.
Over time, your clothes line and peripheral structures can get rusted, worn and otherwise damaged by the elements. It’s not a huge liability, but there can be some maintenance cost for adding a clothes line, especially one with bells and whistles such as pulleys or fancy T-poles.
Even when a leasing contract allows clothes lines, they can be controversial in some communities and households. Some people feel like clothes lines “look bad” and make an area appear cluttered. Talk to others in your household before installing these items in your yard or space.
Consider all of the above when thinking about adding a clothes line as an additional laundry option.