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Clothes Dryers: USA’s Secret Energy Waster

22 Jun , 2014  

Gita Subramony for Zondits, June 23, 2014

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.

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Why Your Clothes Dryer Is a Carbon-Spewing Energy Hog

TakePart, June 17, 2014

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.

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