Why get an Energy Star dryer?
Surprising truth about dryer energy usage
Energy Star has been around for over twenty years, but until now there has never been an Energy Star rating for dryers. Evidently, there just wasn't enough difference in energy use among different dryer models to make a significant difference in operation costs. Now, it appears that has changed and Energy Star ratings are appearing on new dryers.
“Dryers are one of the most common household appliances and the biggest energy users,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a recent statement.
First, if you have a choice between a gas or electric dryer, you should choose gas. It's much less expensive to run a gas dryer than electric. However, if you have no choice between fuel types consider one of the new heat pump dryers. They'll save you money on electricity and they need no venting, but they are pricey. We've written about Whirlpool's heat pump dryer. Click on the link below to go to that blog:
Here are a few other considerations when choosing a dryer that can help save energy:
Auto-termination. Dryers that shut off when they determine your clothes are dry rather than basing cycle termination on a specific run time will save energy.
Moisture-sensing. Dryers that have a moisture sensing capability and shut down based on moisture in the drum, rather than time or heat sensing will save even more energy.
Insulated dryers. Some dryers have insulation which does a better job of keeping the heat inside the dryer. This also contributes to energy efficiency.
Reverse tumbling. Dryers that have reverse tumbling do a better job of separating the clothes which allows clothes to dry thoroughly and more quickly.
Improved vane design and tumble action. Some dryers include redesigned drums and vanes that create more lift in the clothes and reduce drying time.
By getting matched Energy Star washers and dryers you get the most energy savings. For new homes or remodels work with your builder or design professional and make an appointment with the professionals at your nearest Arizona Wholesale Supply to learn more about Energy Star appliances.
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