Energy Star Rated…Clothes Dryers!?
Yes you read that right. For the first time Energy Star, an energy efficiency certification program, has certified certain dryers as energy efficient. Energy Star certified dryers use 20% less energy than original models and perform just as well or better.
Clothes dryers are one of the most common home appliances and they are also the most energy intensive. A conventional dryer can use about a third more energy than a typical refrigerator! Currently Americans own about 89 million dryers and each household will pay $40 to $100 a year to run them. (Source)
“If all clothes dryers sold in the US were ENERGY STAR certified, Americans could save $1.5 billion each year in utility costs and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to more than 2 million vehicles.” –ENERGY STAR
Energy Star certified dryers save energy with certain features such as moisture sensors and low heat settings. When looking for a new, efficient dryer keep gas dryers in mind. They typically cost 50% to 70% less than electric dryers to run and as a result will produce less CO2 emissions. So if you can, choose to install a gas run dryer.
Can’t buy a new dryer? Get the most out of the dryer you already by partially drying your clothes and completely forgoing using a dryer by hang drying them outside in the summer!