There is a higher demand for electric dryers than for natural gas dryers, most likely due to the lower initial cost of electric dryers. In a 2009 survey conducted by the Energy Information Administration, electric dryers were in 71.8 million U.S. households, while natural gas dryers were in 17.5 million.
The purchase price of most electric dryers is less than that of a comparable gas dryer, and they generally do not have any costs associated with the initial setup. The operation of a gas dryers requires a natural gas supply line as well as exterior venting for carbon monoxide and other by-products of combustion. However, gas dryers generally have a lower operating cost than electric dryers, depending on the cost of the associated commodity.