Washing and drying clothes may never be considered fun, but modern appliances make the job easier. And natural gas provides a clean, efficient fuel to accomplish the job economically. New gas dryers are designed for eficiency with features such as pilot-less ignition and automatic shutoff. Industry studies show that new gas dryers use up to 30% less energy than older models. Consumer Reports says that in their tests, based on average utility rates, it cost 14¢ to dry a 12-pound mixed load in a gas dryer, and 44¢ in an electric dryer.