According to the EPA, dryers use more energy than any other appliance in a household. This coupled with the fact that dryers are in 80 percent of American homes means more efficient dryers could make a huge impact on saving energy. While advancements in washers have resulted in dramatic drops in energy use over the years, more energy-efficient dryer options have only recently become available. Early in 2015 the EPA announced that new Energy Star-certified dryers were available across the U.S. from major brands like Kenmore and Maytag. These dryers are at least 20 percent more efficient than conventional dryers but most are comparable in price.
The EPA provides a pretty compelling snapshot of the energy-saving possibilities:
“If all residential clothes dryers sold in the U.S. were Energy Star-certified, Americans could save $1.5 billion each year in utility costs and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity use from more than 1.3 million homes.”
The specifications for Energy Star-certified dryers are set by collecting information from a number of different groups, from manufacturers to the U.S. Department of Energy. Most of the dryers meet the requirements by shutting off when clothes are dry, which is detectable through advanced sensors. Some of the Energy Star-certified dryers boast energy efficiency that surpasses conventional models by up to 60 percent. These dryers’ advanced technology use heat pumps to recycle the hot air.
Find An Energy Star-Certified Dryer
The Energy Star website has a page where you can learn about all of the certified dryers. The page makes it easy to shop, from the ability to filter your search and compare models and their features side by side. The site also has a number of other helpful tools in your search for an Energy Star-certified dryer:
Store Locators – where you can find Energy Star-certified dryers in your area
Special offers – find rebates and other special offers in your area
Video – watch the “Ask the Expert” video about Energy Star-certified dryers
If you’re not in the market for a dryer at this point, you can still take the Energy Star pledge and learn about other ways to save energy in your home.