Especially in the summer, dryers are an energy nightmare both for conservation and electric bills. Even an energy saver dryer (like we have) puts off heat which makes the air conditioning have to work even harder. I have been very interested in getting a clothesline. After some research, however, it appeared to be an expensive endeavor and I didn’t want something that would take up space in the yard or be an eyesore when we weren’t using it. Then I had a brainstorm, spent $5 at the dollar store on a clothesline rope and some packages of clothespins and got to work. We hang the rope from fence to fence when we have laundry to hang out and take it down when it’s dry (about 10 minutes in the summer!). I have found hanging laundry to be incredibly meditative and really enjoy it. It also gives our clothes a really fresh, natural scent that can’t be gotten from a bottle without additives that give me a headache and the sun’s rays are anti-bacterial in their own right so it’s healthier for the family! So far, the only thing we don’t dry outside are bath towels and Chris’ gym socks (they get crunchy!).