Superefficient Clothes Dryers to the Rescue!
A version of this article appears in the September/October 2013 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
August 30, 2013
Clothes dryers account for 6% of residential electricity consumption in the United States. Approximately 85% of U.S. households have a clothes dryer, and 6–7 million new dryers are sold every year. Clothes dryers consume as much energy annually as the entire state of Massachusetts consumes for all purposes. Energy used for clothes dryers nationwide costs U.S. consumers about $9 billion per year. Yet clothes dryers are the only major household appliances without an Energy Star label, and utility incentive programs for clothes dryers are rare.
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