When we installed the clothes line here, we used 4x4 wood post framework and strung 3 lines of vinyl coated wire in between. Our backyard is fenced in so the neighbors don't have to bear the view of unsightly laundry blowing in the wind. It has worked beautifully and actually dries faster than my indoor dryer.
When we started getting rabbits we realized me needed shade. It was then we built the animal enclosure which encompasses the end of the clothesline frame into its structure. Not long afterwards we added grape vines to grow over the animal enclosure. Its worked wonderfully also.
As I hung a load of jeans out to dry this morning, I looked at the grapes hanging from the clothesline and just smiled. I never thought I would see so many sustainability systems converge at our house.
|Can you see the rabbit hutches through the grape vines?|
This has provided:
- solar clothes dryer - saves life of dryer
- food to eat - both leaves and grapes
- shade for the rabbits - much cooler and safe for them to eat
- energy savings - fans for rabbit area reduced, not using dryer, and not adding to the heat level of our house in the summer
- our clothes last longer because the dryer does damage them over time
- needed exercise and a chance to soak up some much needed vitamin D for my health
We keep our animals well taken care of so hygiene and odor issues are kept to a minimum. Because I like efficiency, this works for us very well and has for the 2 years that the grapes have flourished.