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Published September 19, 2017

A washing line is part of summer

The weather in Finland can be a challenge when drying clothes, but not in the summer! When you hang clothes on a line, they dry quickly in the sun and also smell great. Clothing also lasts longer when you don’t use a dryer.

Savings: Using a washing line consumes no energy. Drying clothes on a line causes less wear than an electric dryer, so you don’t have to buy new clothes as often.

Remember this: Clothes dry more slowly on a washing line, and there are limited opportunities to use a one outside the summer season. During the cold season when heating is required, it is not more energy-efficient to use an indoor washing line in an electrically heated home, because the radiators have to remove moisture evaporating from the clothes.

Reducing your carbon footprint: Using a washing line instead of a dryer to dry your clothes once a week reduces your carbon footprint by 1.5% per year. If a million Finns did this, it would save the equivalent of 14,000 carbon footprints. Emissions decrease as a result of fewer dryers being made and lower electricity consumption.

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