Leave it to Mayor Peter Milobar to really hang it on the line.
On the steps of City Hall Tuesday, Milobar joined Cheryl Kabloona, chapter chairperson of the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association, to send home the message that clotheslines are not banned in Kamloops.
With its Solar Laundry Project, the association has been giving away clotheslines to promote them as a seasonal alternative to electric dryers, a major residential power draw.
"Ever since our clothesline giveaway started with the Solar Laundry Project, we've found that there's still a bit of confusion on this subject, so we thought we would ask the mayor to clear up any misperceptions," Kabloona said.
Milobar was clear: The City has no clothesline ban.
"Unless you live in a strata or a place where a developer enforces a clothesline prohibition, you're free to use one. Actually, we encourage people to use clotheslines because it's a way to reduce energy consumption."
Hanging laundry is one manner the community can meet the Sustainable Kamloops Plan, which calls for a 20 per cent reduction in energy use here.
Clothes dryers account for roughly six per cent of electricity use in B.C., Kabloona noted.
The Solar Laundry Project encourages the public to "put a little sunshine in your shorts" by rethinking their habits. They're giving away 12 clotheslines every week for the next six weeks until July 14. Registration can be done online at www.bcsea.org/kamloops. All registrations remain active until registrants are chosen as winners.
The BCSEA will be at Canada Day festivities Sunday with the project.