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Clothes dryers get green US nod

February 27, 2015 12:10 pm Category: Latest News, Laundry A+ / A-
Maytag commercial dryers are amongst brands that now carry the EPA approved Energy Star

Maytag commercial dryers are amongst brands that now carry the EPA approved Energy Star

Major clothes dryer brands have just received Energy Star certification from a US energy accreditation agency.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that Energy Start certified clothes dryers are now available.

Forty-five dryer models have been given the Energy Star label, including units made by LG, Maytag and Whirlpool which boast an energy efficiency 20 per cent more efficient than standard comparative dryers.

“Dryers are one of the most common household appliances and the biggest energy users,” said U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “EPA’s Energy Star certified clothes dryers offer Americans an opportunity to save energy and do their part to combat climate change. By working with industry, we are bringing innovative technology to market that’s good for the planet.”

Energy efficiency specifications were developed with extensive input from manufacturers, retailers, the US Department of Energy, and environmental groups. Manufacturers meet the specification requirements by incorporating advanced sensors that more effectively detect when clothes are dry and stop the dryer.

Energy Star certified dryers include gas, electric and compact models. The Energy Star label can also be found on dryers that feature new advanced heat pump technology and are 40 percent more efficient than conventional models. Heat pump dryers recapture the hot air used by the dryer and pump it back into the drum. By reusing most of the heat, a heat pump dryer is more efficient and avoids the need for ducts.

To earn the Energy Star label, products must be certified by an EPA-recognised third party, based on testing in an EPA-recognised laboratory. In addition, manufacturers must participate in verification testing programs operated by recognised certification bodies.

According to estimates, the accommodation industry spends around $3.7 billion a year on energy, with a considerable portion of that estimate being consumed by laundering.

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