Several posts in this thread mention clothing being damaged by clothes dryers. How much of a problem is this, really? A lot of my clothes are really old (10 years and more). They are always dried in the machine and they are not damaged. I always use the lowest reasonable setting and dry some things inside out (if the care label recommends it) and never have a problem. On the other hand, I did have clothes damaged by clothes pins and low flying birds (who'd been indulging in red berries) when I hung clothes outside.
I was wondering the same but didn't want to appear ignorant, so I didn't post the question. I have a LOT of shirts from high school, some I didn't wear for 2-4 years of being to large for them but since I did the baggy style thing in HS those are in the minority. I also have 3 pairs of pants I recently began wearing again after 2 year hiatus, again due to weight gain, but they were worn pretty solidly over the 6-7 years (minus a year and a half or so around DD's time) before that. One pair of jeans I recently noticed is becoming very thin in the butt, and I saw a mend in my green sweater today has come lose, but otherwise most of my stuff is still pretty wearable if I still want to wear it. I tend to use the dryer 3/4 of the year, or more if I want to avoid picking out cottonwood seeds and shaking out dust.
I just figured I've been very lucky in my clothing or something. Socks, now, I'd like to replace those annually.
Whew! I'm relieved to hear I'm not alone. I've never hung clothes on a clothesline (indoors or out) since I graduated from high school in 1960. I've been married almost 47 years and we both still have some clothes from our college days!
I use a top loading washer which spins things very dry. Most things dry in the dryer in an hour or less. Some things much
less. The only thing I have to "repeat" dry are my down pillows which don't fluff up properly until they've been dried twice. The dryer senses that the ticking is dry and doesn't realize that the fluffy down inside is all still glomped together, so I just toss them back in and turn it on again.
My dryer is gas although obviously it uses electricity to turn on and to rotate the drum. Our electric bill is quite reasonable except for summer, but that's because of the air conditioning.
In our city we are "discouraged" from having clotheslines, although I don't think they're illegal.
It is presumed that back yards are living areas where people eat out on their decks and patios, etc. and otherwise entertain, so it's kind of considered a part of the house. Some houses have fences, some don't, but I would not like having guests over for outside fun and have to look at a rusted car in my neighbors back yard. Laundry? Not sure I'd even notice!