baby likes fresh air and periwinkle skies
so I dry them knickers and skirts on a clothesline
baby smiles on laundry day, mighty fine
cuz I put my love on the line
it takes several power plants to dry america's clothes,
polluting air, land, water close to our homes
clothes dryer monsters electric and gas
they're a pain in the planet's biomass
baby likes pleased trees and turquoise hills
so I dry our socks and undies on the windowsill
baby hugs on laundry day, mighty fine
cuz I put my love on the twine
even in the cold and rain, it's fun to hang outside
our threads last longer and stay cuddly nice
then on really rainy days, we do it inside
on hangers, chairs, drying racks, for all the life
baby likes sweet streams and oceans sublime
so I dry our sheets and hankies on a clothesline
baby kisses on laundry day, mighty fine
cuz I put my love on the line
On The Clothesline / stele cc
About 1.5 square meters of habitat potential is saved every time a clothesline is used instead of a gas or electric clothes dryer. This does not include the loss of habitat due to the climate change impact of using the gas or electric clothes dryer. [XOEarth.org/ecofx-clothes-dryer]
US clothes dryers use around 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year per household. That's close to 4% of the 11,000 kilowatt hours of electricity used per year by most households. Therefore, if we all start using clotheslines, it will be like turning off about 4% of the power plants that are needed to produce energy for US households.
Since U.S. homes use about 20% of the energy generated by electric power plants, it would reduce the pollution put out by all of the U.S. power plants by ~1%. [www.eia.gov]
Plus, this does not include the additional impact of homes that use natural gas dryers!
More info about clothelines is at:
The environmental impact of a clothes dryer and a clothes line [ecofx]
Project Laundry List
Clotheslines Stage a Comeback [NY Times]
Letting It All Hang Out: The Clothesline Wars
Why Hang Dry?
Hello XOEarth Friends,
Come do the Clothesline dance and singalong with Stele *XOEarth Man* on the mall in Boulder twice a month. It's a little celebration of the clothesline's power to protect our air, water and land.
Bring some clothes to hang - and clothespins if you have some. We will supply the clothesline and some clothespins.
I would like to write a special clothesline dance song too. Who wants to help with this one?
For all the life, Stele Ely
.baby likes fresh air and periwinkle .skies /d em
so I .dry them knickers and skirts on a .clothesline /g d
(my/yea) .baby smiles on laundry day, mighty .fine /d em
cuz I .put my love. on the .line /g a d
it takes several .power plants to dry america's .clothes, /c am d
.polluting .air, land, water .close to our .homes /em a g a
.clothes dryer .monsters .electric and .gas /em a em a
.they're a pain in the. .planet's biomass /em a g d
.baby likes pleased trees and turquoise hills /d em
so I .dry our socks and undies on the .windowsill / g d
.baby hugs on laundry day, mighty .fine /d em
cuz I .put my love. on the .twine /g a d
.even in the .cold and rain, it's fun to hang out.side /c am d
our threads last .longer .and stay cuddly .nice /em a g a
.then on really rainy .days, .we do it in.side /em a em a
.on hangers, .chairs, drying racks, for .all the .life /em a g d
.baby likes sweet streams and oceans sub.lime /d em
so I .dry our sheets and hankies on a .clothesline /g d
.baby kisses on laundry day, mighty .fine /d em
cuz I .put my .love on the .line /g a d
Thanks to Greg Miller and Valerie Stuart for help on this song.
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