Encourage clothes lines through subsidized "kits" and installation assistance
Dryers are huge energy sucks, and outdoor clothes lines can do a fine job drying laundry (at least for the 50 days a year it doesn't rain!). Perhaps a summer student could be hired to come install clothes lines at residences around the city.
Several years ago the City devleoped water saver kits to help people conserve water. Look for clothes line kits to be ready for distribution in 2011.
Note: Beverley Watt's idea "Clothes line" was merged with this one.
"Why not set up a clothes line project where the public is educated about the cost saving measures when not using a dryer. SPEC could be a location where the info is available and the clotheslines or drying racks could be purchased at a low cost."
I haven't used a drier to dry my clothes in the 12 years I've lived in Vancouver (8 in an apartment). It doesn't rain every day, even in the winter, and you can always put them on a drying rack indoors to finish off.
Pradeep K.Verma MBBS commented
Other related smart steps that can be taken to reduce the laundry include owning a smaller wardrobe, using fewer clothes, using tinier versions of clothes than gigantic ones etc. Getting in the habit of sleeping naked etc., too are good ideas.