Conventional dryers use loads of energy and are notorious environmental offenders. However, in this day and age, it isn’t exactly convenient to hang up clothes on a clothes line. Luckily these new Energy Star Dryers have made drying your clothes way more eco-friendly! Check out what our friends from Energy have to say about these revolutionary dryers.
For the first time, ENERGY STAR certified clothes dryers are available nationwide through major retailers. New dryers that earn the ENERGY STAR are at least 20 percent more efficient than conventional models.
Clothes dryers consume more energy than any other appliance in the home. With over 5 million dryers sold last year and over 80 percent of American homes equipped with dryers, ENERGY STAR certified dryers offer a great new opportunity to save energy and protect our climate. If all clothes dryers sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR certified, Americans could save $1.5 billion each year in energy costs and prevent 21 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions, equal to those of more than 2 million vehicles, every year.
What makes these dryers so special? ENERGY STAR certified dryers have advanced sensors that do a better job detecting when the clothes are dry and automatically shut the dryer off. The ENERGY STAR can also be found on dryers that feature new advanced heat pump technology, which 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 reusing most of the heat, a heat pump dryer is more efficient and avoids the need for ducts.
In addition to more energy efficiency, there are savings benefits as well. Consumers who replace their old clothes dryer with a new ENERGY STAR certified model can save $245 over the lifetime of the dryer. As many as 45 ENERGY STAR dryer models now are available from Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, LG and Safemate. Plus, ENERGY STAR certified dryers are generally comparable in price with standard dryers. Some of the more advanced technology dryer models (heat pump) have a higher price range.
You can save even more with an ENERGY STAR washer/dryer pair. ENERGY STAR clothes washers have efficient motors which spin clothes two to three times faster during the spin cycle to extract more water. Less moisture in the clothes means less time and energy in the dryer.
To get more savings from your dryer, choose a low-heat drying cycle. It may take longer, but a low-heat setting uses less energy. It also helps prolong the life of your clothes.
For more information, product listings and rebate information visit www.energystar.gov/newdryers
-Article courtesy of Energy Star
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