The less electricity you use, the less you have to pay for. The less you have to pay for, the less you have to work at your 9-5 job, even though I’m sure you love it. The less you have to work at your 9-5 job, the more time you have to work on your homestead. The more ways you find to save money on things you don’t really need, the closer you are to giving up that job entirely. So what I’m saying is that you should give up your clothes dryer for a solar powered version.
A dryer uses about 4 kW per hour to run. A kWh on my electric bill costs about 14 cents. If you do 5 loads of clothes per week, it is costing you $11.20 per month to run your dryer. That is $134.40 per year to dry your clothes. That may not seen like it is really very much, but it is free to just hang up your clothes. It also leads to much less wear and tear on your clothes which means they will last much longer and you won’t have to buy new ones as often.
Is it really worth the effort? It may not be to someone living in the city, but if your ultimate goal is to build a house and live off grid, then yes it is. Off grid means that you are relying on wind or solar power to run your house. You are no longer looking at dollar value placed on running the dryer, but how much electricity you will need and how much you have available. If your house runs on solar, and it has been a cloudy week, what do you really want to use that electricity for? Drying clothes or maybe running your fridge?