A movement spreading across the United States hopes people can lose their hang-up about hanging their laundry out-of-doors.

The humble clothesline -- with its side benefits of providing a bit of exercise and fresh-smelling clothes -- is making a comeback an energy-saving, eco-friendly alternative to clothes dryers, the Christian Science Monitor reported Thursday.

"This trend ... is about people making a little change to help the environment as opposed to something like solar panels, which is much more of an investment," said Michelle Baker a Waterbury, Vt., resident who, with her husband, started the Vermont Clothesline Co. in April.

A grass-roots "Right to Dry" movement is growing. Some states are introducing legislation to override clothesline bans -- instituted primarily by homeowners' associations for reasons of aesthetics, residents' expectations and property values, the Monitor said.

One lawmaker suggests looking at the bigger picture. Vermont state Sen. Dick McCormick, D-Windsor, told the Monitor governments have the responsibility to protect people's rights to voluntarily conserve, if not actively support conservation.