Chris22 with every post you convince me more and more that you're just messing with us ;)
The cost of a dryer isn't just the electricity. It's the depreciation - you had to buy the dryer in the first place, right? It's the space you have to put it in, you're paying rent or a mortgage on that (or paying for dryer use at the laundromat). Do you use any sheets etc? They cost money.
It's also the wear and tear on your clothes and other washables, which, believe me, is considerable. When I left home and stopped drying my clothes with a dryer I could not believe how much longer they lasted. Seriously, if you haven't tried hanging everything to dry, it's a revelation how long clothes can last.
Finally, it's the environmental costs. Yeah, the electricity, the materials used to make the thing and keep it running, producing and transporting the machine, dealing with it once it is past it's useful life etc.
The air dries clothes perfectly well. I literally don't understand owning a machine to do... exactly what nature will do given a few hours.
(And I live in a rainy damp place. 24 hours is the max anything takes to dry inside even if it's been on a low spin cycle. If your clothes don't dry in that time you probably need to look at how healthy an indoor environment your house is providing).
I know it seems like Chris22 is messing with us a lot, but I'm kind of with him on this one.
Sure, I grew up hanging clothing to dry and all.
But first: depreciation. The dryer in our house came with the house and is from approximately 1987, I think. I did a google on the part number.
Next: space and "mortgage". In my area, the land cost is more than the house cost. I don't think the 3x3 space that the dryer takes up is worth "more" than the back yard area it would take to hang clothes. We do hang some things inside that we don't want to shrink, but the rack takes up more space than the dryer.
Also, of course, with the drought, it's very very dusty and there are small birds that poop in our back patio area. We used to dry our clothing on an umbrella style clothesline underneath an easy-up. But that's a lot of work, to put that up every weekend. We did get lazy at one point, stopped taking it all down, and then a windstorm blew down the easy up and ripped a hole in it.
I do agree it's easier on the clothes, and I like the fresh air smell. But I don't do the laundry anymore, and if my hubby likes the dryer, he likes the dryer. (I also agree that the gas dryer is the minimal cost in our house, less than the oven and hot water).