EPA Adds Clothes Dryers to ENERGY STAR Program, Increasing Energy Efficiency of New Appliances
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the first-ever ENERGY STAR label for clothes dryers. If all residential clothes dryers sold in the U.S. meet these new requirements, the utility cost savings will grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and more than 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented. Informed by extensive input from manufacturers, retailers, the U.S. Department of Energy and environmental groups, the new specifications will recognize a selection of highly efficient electric, gas, and compact dryers that will use approximately 20% less energy than what is required by the minimum efficiency standards effective in 2015.