According to the NRDC, clothes dryers are incredibly wasteful and use more energy than refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers combined. Dryers lag behind other household items in terms of efficiency – refrigerators and clothes washers have seen multiple new standards over the past few decades and have really reduced their energy consumption as a result. Clothes dryers on the other hand, have had very few efficiency standard updates by comparison. But there’s still hope for this forgotten appliance – the EPA has just issued an ENERGY STAR label for dryers, and new standards are expected in 2017.
The next time you throw a load of wet clothes in your dryer, think about this: We’re collectively consuming $9 billion worth of energy—2 percent of the United States’s total energy demand—every time we take our clothes for a spin.
In fact, dryers suck up more power than refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers combined and spew as much carbon as three big coal-fired power plants, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and energy consulting firm Ecova.
Why? When it comes to mandating improved government energy-efficiency standards for appliances, the dryer has been a laundry room orphan.