Why your clothes dryer is an energy hog and what you can do about it

(BPT) - There’s nothing quite as comforting as pulling on your favorite hoodie when it's fresh from the dryer. As much as you love luxuriating in that warmth and softness, you may not be aware just how much energy this beloved appliance burns through in a year. When it comes to energy savings in the laundry room, the dryer has long been an obstacle, and here's why.

  • Unlike washing machines, refrigerators and other common household appliances, energy-efficient dryer models have been absent from the market. It wasn’t until 2014 when the first ENERGY STAR® Certified dryers became available. Products that earn the EPA’s ENERGY STAR label are independently certified to save energy.
  • Before then, dryer technology had stayed pretty much the same for decades. A standard dryer blows heated air into the drum chamber, removing moisture from the clothing. Then the hot, moist air is vented out of the machine (and out of the house). Because of that constant loss of heat, the machine works continuously to resupply the drum with hot air.
  • According to the EPA, the standard clothes dryer uses more energy than any appliance in a typical household, including the clothes washer and dishwasher. It uses even more than the refrigerator.
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