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==Drying clothes==
 
==Drying clothes==
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Wealthier people (whether in developing or advanced countries) may choose to use clothes dryers. Some council codes (e.g. in many parts of Sydney, Australia) actually require developers to install clothes dryers.<ref>This contributes to the unexpected result that new apartments in Sydney use as much as or more energy than stand-alone houses.</ref> This is very wasteful of energy, and so sustainable alternatives are desirable.
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Where drying clothes in public view is not allowed, in order to maintain a tidy appearance, there are designs which can satisfy both sustainability and aesthetics. One approach is to have drying rooms (perhaps a small section of a balcony) with louvers to allow airflow. Another is to have the balcony railing designed in such a way (e.g. with louvers) that drying racks below a certain height are not visible from outside the building.
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Traditionally in most places, clothes are dried on a {{WP|clothesline}}. This practice uses readily free, renewable energy sources - wind and sunshine.
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Care should be taken with colored clothes, as they may fade in the sun. They should either be left in the sun for a short time only, or dried in a shady position (or hung out overnight so that they are almost dry by sunrise - this may be less effective where there is heavy dew or fog). 
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Wealthier people (whether in developing or advanced countries) may choose to use {{WP|clothes dryer|clothes dryers}} - they are seen as convenient and reliable, not dependent on weather. However, they are very wasteful of energy.
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Some council codes (e.g. in many parts of Sydney, Australia) actually require developers to install clothes dryers.<ref>This contributes to the unexpected result that new apartments in Sydney use as much as or more energy than stand-alone houses.</ref> This is very wasteful of energy, and so sustainable alternatives are desirable. Where drying clothes in public view is not allowed, in order to maintain a tidy appearance, there are designs which can satisfy both sustainability and aesthetics. One approach is to have drying rooms (perhaps a small section of a balcony) with louvers to allow airflow. Another is to have the balcony railing designed in such a way (e.g. with louvers) that drying racks below a certain height are not visible from outside the building.
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In some cases, such as hospitals or large hotels, clothes dryers may be considered necessary, either for regular use or (preferably) only as a backup. It is perhaps inevitable that laundromats will have dryers as well, if only for urgent situations where a customer needs or wants to dry clothes quickly. In this case, more efficient dryers such as {{WP p|Clothes dryer#Heat pump dryers|heat pump dryers}} and {{WP p|Clothes dryer#Mechanical steam compression dryers|mechanical steam compression dryers}} should be considered. Gas dryers may also be more efficient and have lower carbon emissions.{{sp}} Where energy ratings are given, these should be considered. More efficient dryers are likely to be more expensive up front, but will have lower ongoing energy costs, which will be very significant in cases of frequent use.
    
==See also==
 
==See also==