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We made a deliberate decision not to buy a Clothes Dryer. The benefits we feel this provides us is significant savings in energy, we know that Clothes Dryers are not rated by EnergyStar. Not using a clothes dryer also prolongs the life of our clothes; the drying machine environment is somewhat hostile to clothes and does damage them.
We line dry all of our clothes in converted attic space. We did not finish this area; to reduce the dust from the house insulation we covered it all with Radiant Barrier insulation. Radiant Barrier insulation is basically a thicker version of aluminum (baking) foil. This is easy to install with a knife and a staple gun.
If we pick a middle value, of 3000 watts, and assume that it takes ONE hour to dry a load of washing and we (in our home) on average do about four loads per week (which is half the US average), we get.
3000 watts x 1 hr per load x 4 loads per week x 52 weeks
We believe we do around half the loads of washing of the average US family. For the avergage US family doing 8 loads per week living in North Carolina the cost saving would be $124.80 per year, plus the savings one would have by either not buying or not replacing a clothesdryer.