We are awash in terrible laundry puns as the local electric utility, Toronto Hydro, gives away 75,000 clotheslines at our little neighbourhood Costcos, Home Depots, Wal-Marts and Zellers stores. We won't be churlish and suggest that they could throw a line to a few small-marts and NOT do this only at the Big Boxes, because it is a terrific idea.
"This is the first time we're doing the campaign with a clothesline," Toronto Hydro spokeswoman Denise Attallah spun dryly to the National Post. Hydro hopes to cut demand by 5% through conservation and demand management.
One might complain about the difficulty of using a clothesline in the middle of winter, but using one only 25% of the time can save 225 kilowatt-hours per year. If all 75,000 lines are put to use like this, it will save enough energy to power more than 1900 homes. That's a load. ::Toronto Hydro
Now why aren't they giving them out on National Hanging Out Day?