I use a clothes line whenever possible. The way I see it is that it takes me about 5 minutes combined to hang and take down the articles where it takes my dryer about 60 minutes to do the same. The dryer would cost about $85 per year (I think this is the average or is it per month?) on average about .36 cents a load just in energy, which equates to about 236 loads a year (5 loads per week sounds reasonable). Add the cost of the dryer of about $50 per year we're up to $135. The average family would look at a yearly clothing purchase budget of about $4,500/year and safe to say this would increase due to increased damage to clothing in a clothes dryer by conservatively 5%/year or $225/year for a family of 4. Repair on the same dryer would be about $20/year ($200/10years) So now our total is $280/year to use the clothes dryer or a decrease of $0.14/hour of my pay from my full time job. Conversely, if I pay myself to hang the clothes at $0.14/hour, I think it works out to $1.68/hour. ($0.14 x 12)I wonder too. I have read on here that some people are getting a Kill-o-watt and I wonder if they have used it on their dryer yet. I hope someone answers.