First Energy Star Rated Dryers Available

Whirlpool Duet Washer and Dryer
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Batman and Robin.  Washers and dryers.  Who can imagine one without the other? 

Yet until recently, washers and dryers lived in separate worlds when it came to energy efficiency. Energy Star washers have been around for years, but Energy Star dryers didn’t exist.

All that changed last May when the EPA announced its new Energy Star label for dryers. The new specifications will recognize dryers that will use about 20% less energy than dryers that meet the Department of Energy’s 2015 minimum efficiency standards.

The first Energy Star rated dryer to hit the market was Whirlpool’s Duet® model WED87HED steam dryer. Soon to be in appliance stores are Samsung’s DV457 and LG’s EcoHybrid DLHX4072 which uses heat pump technology.  Other manufacturers will undoubtedly follow.

And that’s a good thing.  Dryers, after all, are energy hogs.  The Energy Information Agency estimates that dryers account for over 4% of total residential energy use in the U.S.

But what does this mean in terms of actual savings?  Consumer Reports has this to say: “You can expect to save about $18 a year in energy costs with an Energy Star electric dryer—around $217 if you keep the dryer 12 years—or $9 annually with a gas model, compared to a dryer that meets the DOE’s 2015 minimum efficiency standard.”

In dollars, the savings is rather inconsequential, but energy consumption has consequences beyond our energy bills.  According to the EPA, an Energy Star dryer could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 6000 pounds per year.

Of course, savings and reduction of emissions are dependent on individual use. We’re just glad to see dryer technology advancing toward better energy efficiency.  

- Betsy de Parry, VP, Sales and Marketing, (734) 216-5872 or info@annarborbuilders.com

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