dryers and central air.
when i ask my taiwanese relatives why noone has a dryer, they usually reply that it’s too expensive. i don’t really buy this. i mean, how expensive could it be? with the amount of electricity being spent on air conditioners, the power needed for dryers doesn’t seem that bad. i guess i can see if the island was hot and dry and clothes just dried faster outside, but with the insane humidity and common downpours(drought excepted), it just seems to be the worst possible environment to be drying clothes outdoors. damn, what i wouldn’t give for a nice industrial strength dryer and a box of fabric softener.
as for central air, i understand that a lot of buildings here are old and so it wasn’t available and would be a pain to add. but i see brand spanking new buildings all the time with slots for air conditioners in the windows. besides the fact that they’re an incredible eyesore, it just seems very inefficient to keep relying on individual units.
i’m sure part of the reason is cultural. i remember on many trips to japan that dryers were not really universally used there, either. but is there a technological or other such explanation for why these things are in such short supply in taiwan?