Magazine article USA TODAY

Energy Star Program Adds Clothes Dryers

Magazine article USA TODAY

Energy Star Program Adds Clothes Dryers

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The first-ever Energy Star label for clothes dryers has been announced by the Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. If all residential clothes dryers sold in the U.S. meet these new requirements, the EPA claims utility cost savings will grow to more than $1,500,000,000 each year and more than 22,000,000,000 pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions will be prevented. The new specifications will recognize a selection of highly efficient electric, gas, and compact dryers that will use approximately 20% less energy than what is required by the minimum efficiency standards effective in 2015.

More than 80% of U.S. homes have a clothes dryer, and these appliances account for approximately six percent of residential electricity consumption. Dryer models that meet the new Energy Star requirements are likely to have improved auto termination sensors, which help reduce energy use by more effectively ending the drying cycle once clothes are dry.

Among the more efficient gas and electric dryers that will earn the Energy Star, consumers should expect to encounter a promising new technology. …

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