Get Ready for National Hanging Out Day


Sara Remington for The New York Times

Mark this down in your calendar: April 19 is National Hanging Out day, which is not about slackers but about hanging out your slacks, a celebration of the clothesline as an alternative to the dryer. Founded by clothesline activist Alexander Lee of, it champions "the right to dry" which many people do not have due to building regulations and restrictive covenants prohibiting "ugly" clotheslines. Yet clothes dried on lines last longer, smell better and save you a lot of money.

There are 88 million dryers in America, and if everyone converted to lines it could reduce residential output of CO2 by 3.3%. "It's a huge waste of energy to tumble dry your clothes," said Tom Arnold, chief environmental officer of TerraPass. "It's one of the simplest things to do to help with global warming." ::New York Times

read Jeffs article: Do Clotheslines lower property values?

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