According to Nick Gillespie, senior manager of government relations for Whirlpool Corporation, "Clothes dryers are the next frontier for significant residential energy efficiency gains."
The new specs set by the EPA will recognize a select few super-efficient gas, electric, and compact dryers that will use 20% less energy than what is required by the minimum efficiency standards effective in 2015. According to the EPA, more than 80% of American homes own a clothes dryer, which accounts for about 6% of residential electricity consumption. If every residential dryer sold in America can meet the new ENERGY STAR standards, utility cost savings will increase by more than $1.5 billion a year, preventing 22 billions pounds of yearly greenhouse gas emissions.
The Whirlpool Duet Steam dryer uses a variety of technologies that operate efficiently. The dryer - which uses an Ecoboost setting for dual element modulation technology that adjusts the heat output based on the clothes moisture content - extends drying time by a smidge, but greatly reduces energy consumption. Advanced sensors detect when a load is dry and stops the dryer to prevent excess energy use.
Whirlpool has been dedicated to a sustainable future with a full sustainability strategy that interacts with every aspect of its business. Through education, they hope to teach consumers about the benefits of replacing older, inefficient appliances with more advanced, eco-friendly products.
About Whirlpool Corporation
Whirlpool Corporation is the world's leading global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual revenues of approximately $19 billion in 2013, 69,000 employees, and 59 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world. The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Amana, Jenn-Air, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht, and other major brand names to consumers in nearly every country around the world.