On average, a clothes dryer costs about $85 to operate each year, with an additional extra 30% in energy use if those lint traps aren't cleaned. A few folks are returning to the tried and true method of clothesline drying, a truly green practice that makes sense here in LA and in other sun drenched states. But did you know that there's a battle brewing across the nation over the practice itself? The Wall Street Journal discusses the battle between common sense and a sense of community standards: In a move that has torn apart this otherwise tranquil community, the development's managers have threatened legal action. To the developer and many residents, clotheslines evoke the urban blight they sought to avoid by settling in the Oregon mountains. "This bombards the senses," interior designer Joan Grundeman says of her neighbor's clothesline. "It can't possibly increase property values and make people think this is a nice neighborhood."