Hanging Clothesline Bans Out to Dry

    McGuinty Government Building a Culture of Energy Conservation

    QUEEN'S PARK, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is moving to end
the bans that prevent some Ontarians from simply hanging their laundry out to
    In some areas of Ontario, builders' covenants or other restrictions don't
allow outdoor clotheslines. The government is asking the public for input on
how to best end these restrictions through a 60-day posting on Ontario's
Environmental Registry at www.ebr.gov.on.ca.
    "Building a culture of conservation is all about giving Ontarians every
opportunity to save energy and save money," said Energy Minister Gerry
Phillips. "By simply using a clothesline instead of a dryer Ontarians can help
reduce the overall demand on the electricity system and save money."
    The government's proposal would permit the use of clotheslines and/or
clothes umbrellas for occupants of any freehold detached, semi-detached or row
house. The government is also consulting with stakeholders in the condominium
and high-rise sectors to assess how to potentially proceed in those
    Clothes dryers are among the most energy-consuming appliances in the
home. On average, a standard clothes dryer will use about 900 kilowatt hours
(kWh) of electricity a year and can lead to as much as one tonne of greenhouse
gas emissions. That means that over the course of a year, five clothes dryers
could result in roughly the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions as an
average size car.
    Electric clothes dryers typically account for about six per cent of
residential electricity consumption. By hanging just 25 per cent of those
laundry loads out to dry, consumers could save about $30 a year on their
electricity bills and make a meaningful contribution to reducing air pollution
and greenhouse gases.
    "By removing the ban on clotheslines, the government will enable all
Ontarians to take an easy and sensible measure to conserve energy," said
Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer Peter Love. "I commend the
Ministry of Energy for moving forward on a change to our standards that will
help create the 'culture of conservation' Ontario needs - let's keep moving in
that direction."

    Key components of the McGuinty government's plan to build a culture of
conservation include:

    -   Banning the sale of inefficient light bulbs by 2012 as new more
        efficient options enter the market. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs)
        use around 75 per cent less electricity than standard old fashioned
        incandescent bulbs.
    -   Encouraging innovative energy conservation programs such as Peaksaver
        - a voluntary program that allows local distribution companies to
        remotely cycle down central air conditioners, water heaters and pool
        pumps when the electricity system is stretched.
    -   Offering a point-of-sale retail sales tax exemption for
        ENERGY STAR(R) light bulbs, decorative light strings, refrigerators,
        dishwashers, clothes washers, freezers, dehumidifiers and room air
        conditioners, purchased, rented or leased after July 19, 2007 and
        before July 20, 2008.
    -   Legislating improvements to the Ontario Building Code to give it the
        toughest energy-efficiency standards of any building code in the

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For further information:

For further information: The Environmental Registry: www.ebr.gov.on.ca,
Registry Number: 010-2553; Alan Findlay, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3546;
Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Communications Branch, (416) 327-4334

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