Clothes Dryers Get Energy Star Honor

Finally, energy efficient clothes dryers are getting the accolades they deserve! While computers, light bulbs, vacuums, and even clothes washers have all been given the high crown of energy achievement, dryers have been left in the dust. That has finally come to an end since the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will rate clothes dryers, and honor those that use 20 percent less energy than the minimum requirements for 2015 with an Energy Star Certification.

It’s no secret dryers use a ton of energy to keep our clothes as soft and dry as my sister’s corn bread (it’s like she’s never heard of butter). Over 80 percent of US households have clothes dryers, which make up six percent of all residential electrical use. A more efficient, Energy Star certified dryer can cut the energy it uses by 50 percent.

While that does not seem like much per household, it makes a significant impact overall. The EPA says, “If all residential clothes dryers sold in the U.S. meet these new requirements, the utility cost savings will grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and more than 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented.”

The best part about an Energy Star label is that it will help consumers make better energy decisions when purchasing a new dryer. How energy efficient a dryer is, is rarely a deciding factor when one goes to make the purchase. Once energy labels are added to the mix and made more popular, buyers can see the different options and change their decision processes.

Hang-drying clothes is clearly the most environmentally friendly way to go, but most of us live in unsuitable climates, have limited space, or are more concerned with time-efficiency than energy-efficiency, and that’s just fine! Thanks to the EPA, we can still hang on to our beloved clothes dryers and save energy.

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