Sunday, October 25, 2015

We still make things in this country: Wright Aluminum Company

Harold Wright invented his Wright Aluminum clothesline pulley in 1946:  

He began making these out of his house, but soon had to move to larger premises.  In 2000, the company changed its name to Solar Drying Systems, and also changed from aluminum to zinc die casting.  

According to the company's website:

Benefits for drying your clothes on a clothesline: 
A typical household in the United States consumes a total of about 11,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year
Your clothes dryer could be accounting for ten percent of your total electricity use!
Each year, it costs about $160 just to run your clothes dryer. In contrast, most clotheslines will pay for themselves within 1 year. Also, all of the energy from the sun is free!
There are upwards of 88 million dryers in the US alone, each emitting in excess of one ton of carbon dioxide per year. " Dryers consume approximately 6% of the total household electricity usage.
Line drying is one of the most cost effective ways to reduce your carbon footprint.
Second to the refrigerator, the electric dryer is the second biggest household user of electricity. Each of these consumes approximately 1,079 kilowatt hours of energy per household, emitting 2,224 pounds of carbon dioxide.
Clothes typically last longer without the duress of a machine dryer.
The sun's ultraviolet rays are a Natural antiseptic and kill bacteria.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Patent CA491427 for a clothesline pulley was granted in 1953.