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Energy Star-Certified Clothes Dryers Now Available

February 16, 2015, 5:13 PM HST
* Updated February 16, 5:15 PM
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Graphic courtesy of www.energystar.gov.

Graphic courtesy of www.energystar.gov.

By Maui Now Staff

The US Environmental Protection Agency announced recently that Energy Star-certified clothes dryers are now available through major retailers at prices comparable to standard dryers.

At least 45 dryer models earning the Energy Star label are at least 20 percent more efficient, including models made  by Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, LG and Safemate. Energy Star-certified dryers include gas, electric and compact models. 

Clothes dryers consume more energy than any other appliance in the home, and 80 percent of American homes have dryers. But unlike clothes washers, which have seen a 70 percent drop in energy use since 1990, the energy efficiency of most dryers has not improved. If all residential clothes dryers sold in the US were Energy Star certified, Americans could save $1.5 billion each year in utility costs and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity use from more than 1.3 million homes.

Learn more about Energy Star dryers here.

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