I had pretty much forgotten the smell of freshly dried laundry unclipped from the clotheslines in my backyard. I barely remembered the brittle stiffness of a line-dried towel.
One of the first things I did when we returned was to buy a clothesline and some clothespins from my wonderful local hardware store. I strung the line from our tiny back porch to the garage, and started saving energy and money the next time I did a load of laundry. Even in the mildly chilly weather of a Kansas City November, an afternoon on the clothesline can dry out a pair of jeans or a heavy bath towel without consuming a spark of electricity. Hanging in the breeze is also easier on clothes than being tossed about in a hot drum.