Not only can drying your clothes the natural way save 15 to 20 percent on your energy bills, it has aesthetic benefits as well. "My husband and I love the smell of line-dried clothes," says Margie Spino of Toledo, Ohio. "I even love the 'crunchy' bath towels, and the whites get so much whiter when they're dried by the sun."
Throughout the summer, Spino uses the "old-fashioned" type of double clothesline anchored by two T-shaped iron bars at each end. Other options are the "umbrella" type of single-pole clothesline, or even a retractable line, which can be attached to your house on one end, with a metal loop to be fastened to a tree or post at the other end. And if your neighborhood has rules against outdoor clotheslines, even a small one set up in the laundry room or over the tub can make a difference.