Facility managers of college dorms and multifamily properties can specify clothes dryers with the ENERGY STAR label.
To qualify, dryers must use approximately 20% less energy than what is required by the minimum efficiency standards effective in 2015. Look for models with these features:
- Auto termination sensors, which more effectively end the drying cycle
- Heat pumps that recapture hot air and pump it back into the drum, eliminating the need for ducts leading heat out of the laundry room
- Connected functionality, which can indicate performance issues or provide the efficiency profile of different cycle selections
- Smart grid compatible, with the option to connect the dryer with the local utility.