Upgrade to an efficient dryer
Clothes dryers use more energy than any other household appliance and they are a big contributor to your monthly energy bill. If you are planning to replace your clothes dryer, choose one that can help reduce your energy costs and make drying your clothes more convenient.
What to look for:
- An ENERGY STAR® certified model. Certified models can use up to 20% less energy than conventional dryer models due to their smart-drying features.
- A moisture sensor. This automatically shuts off the machine when your clothes are dry.
- Different settings for drying temperature. Look for an "air fluff" or similar setting that uses little or no heat.
- Different settings for drying time. This accommodates differences in the weight of clothing and the amount of time it needs to dry.
- The right size for your needs. Drying loads that are too large or too small will take longer to dry and use more energy. Look for a model size that fits your lifestyle and household needs to avoid unnecessary energy waste.
Good to know:
- Your washer affects the amount of work your dryer has to do. An efficient washer extracts more water from your clothes, meaning they spend less time in the dryer, saving you time and energy.
- Avoid high-heat drying cycles. Drying clothes longer on a low setting will get the job done while using less energy.
- When installing a dryer, use rigid venting material instead of plastic vents that may collect lint. Plastic vents can cause exhaust vent blockages that increase drying times and are fire hazards.