All else being equal (i.e. not including household heating/cooling issues), condenser dryers are slightly less efficient than their vented counterparts, typically on the order of ~15%. The real design intent of condenser dryers isn't improved efficiency, but the simple fact that they don't require a vent duct.
It only takes about 12 hours to get my clothes dry when I hang them up in my bathroom.
Um. Sorry, no, that's unreasonable.
FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS.
yep, that's gotta be the only reason I insist on a dryer. I always run out of clean clothes.
OH WAIT. That's a dumb piece of logic you got there. Might want to get it looked at.
Thing is, this and other small things could make a sizable difference in energy and CO2 levels.... Yeah, I'm in the camp that thinks the 10-15% of energy consumption stat is likely bogus, but dryers, especially electric dryers do use a lot of energy. Even if, you just dried the underwear/socks and drip dry the heavy stuff that is a pretty significant difference.
Yes, waiting 12 hours for dry clothes is unreasonable. If I get up at 9 on a Saturday to do my laundry, put in a loads at 10, that means I will not have my laundry cleaned, dried, folded and put away until sometime around 11 PM.
DU: Ironically, you probably could make a condensing dryer be more efficient than a normal one. Instead of venting the hot steam, use it to heat the incoming air.
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