Drying one load of laundry costs between 15 to 33 cents for a gas dryer versus 32 to 41 cents for electric dryers depending upon the utility provider, reports California's Consumer Energy Center. Gas dryers cost about $50 more for an initial purchase but are cost effective later.
Gas dryers heat up faster and laundry loads don't run as long when compared to electric dryers. This is why gas dryers are more efficient over the long term. A gas dryer can save consumers up to 50 percent in utility costs over electric dryers. Wear and tear on clothing is reduced when using gas dryers due to the shorter drying times.