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11.18.2007

Free Energy Star Clothes Dryer

The conversation on NPR recently was about homeowner and condo associations, as well as municipalities that have restrictions on hanging your laundry on a clothes line to dry. I know apartments in south Florida, where you can be fined for hanging a towel on the railing of your deck.

Consuming an estimated six percent of the nation's total electricity, there are no clothes dryers with an Energy Star rating. It seems we all need the "right to dry."

Many years ago, I remember listening to former Florida Representative Alzo Reddick, rant about the fact that no one had the right to tell his grandmother she couldn't hang her clothes in her back yard. Florida is only one of two states (the other is Hawaii) that has a state statute that prohibits restrictions against drying clothes outdoors (it also addresses solar collectors). However, it does contain a specific exception to the above mentioned railings--sorry folks, you still can't hang your stuff on "patio railings of condos or apartments," not even in Florida.

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