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Clothes Dryers

Last Updated: 09/30/19 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirements

A machine designed to dry fabrics in a tumble-type drum with forced air circulation

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Procurement Info

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Life Cycle Cost Savings

Life Cycle Costing (LCC) aims to quantify the financial impact of a product over its entire life cycle to assist consumers in making decisions that will save them money over the long term.

Under the final version 1.1 specification, ENERGY STAR residential clothes dryers will use, on average, approximately 20% less energy than required by minimum efficiency standards effective in 2015. If all residential clothes dryers sold in the United States met these new requirements, the utility cost savings would grow to more than $1.5 billion each year and more than 22 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from more than 2 million vehicles.

To calculate life cycle cost savings, explore these tools:

  • On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR clothes dryers.
  • For life cycling costing on specific brand-name products, visit SFTool Product Search by clicking the green box at the top of this page. Once you have created an account, add a product to a project and open the project. The tool displays energy cost savings, adjusting for local utility rates, operating conditions, and the purchase price.
  • NREL’s Levelized Cost of Energy Calculator can help estimate the cost of electricity as an input for your lifecycle cost calculations, accounting for both cost escalation and discount rates.
Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
Additional Guidance

The final version 1.1 Energy Star Clothes Dryer specification applies to residential gas, electric, and compact dryers. It incorporates the definition of Clothes Dryer with a Supplementary Drying System.

The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient program identifies the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR in particular product categories. Product categories were selected and recognition criteria were established to ensure that products that receive this recognition demonstrate efficiency performance that is truly exceptional, inspirational, or leading edge. New in 2017, there are Most Efficient criteria for standard and compact size electric or gas clothes dryers. The Most Efficient criteria exclude:

  • Commercial clothes dryers
  • Water-cooled ventless clothes dryers
  • Combination all-in-one washer-dryers
  • Residential clothes washers with heated drying functionality
Potential LEED Contributions

This product may contribute* toward points in multiple LEED v4 rating systems, including areas required for LEED v4 building certification. Primarily, the credits will apply in the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) and Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) categories. This includes the specialty areas of: New Construction and Major Renovation, Existing Buildings, Core & Shell, Schools, Retail, Data Centers, Warehouse and Distribution Centers, Hospitality, and Healthcare. Specific credits are:

  • Energy & Atmosphere - Optimize Energy Performance

* It is important to note that no products, individually or collectively, can guarantee a specific number of points for LEED Category credit. Each credit will need to be matched to the product by a certified professional.