The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this week that Energy Star certified clothes dryers are now available nationwide through major retailers. At least 45 models of dryers earning the Energy Star label, including Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, LG, and Safemate, are at least 20 percent more efficient. Prices are comparable to standard dryers.
Clothes dryers consume more energy than any other appliance in the home, and 80 percent of American homes have dryers. But the energy efficiency of most dryers had not improved since 1990. Until now.
What specs changed for Energy Star certification?
The new dryer efficiency specifications were developed with extensive input from manufacturers, retailers, the U.S. Department of Energy, and environmental groups, says EPA.
The adjustment is simple: manufacturers incorporate advanced sensors that more effectively detect when clothes are dry and stop the dryer. And voila, billions of dollars are saved! Well.... Properly phrased it would read: potential savings of Energy Star dryers for Americans is up to $1.5 billion annually.
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Energy Star certified dryers include gas, electric and compact models.
The Energy Star label can also be found on dryers that feature new advanced heat pump technology -- these dryers are 40 percent more efficient than conventional models. Heat pump dryers recapture the hot air used by the dryer and pump it back into the drum. By re-using most of the heat, a heat pump dryer can be slower, but is more efficient and avoids the need for ducts.
Learn more about the new dryers at: http://www.energystar.gov/products/certified-products/detail/clothes_dryers