If you're in the market for a clothes dryer, you have probably encountered ads for high-efficiency washers and dryers. If you're wondering just what a "high-efficiency" dryer is, take this high efficiency quiz and find out.
How is the efficiency of a clothes dryer measured?
amount of time to dry a load of wash
time taken to dry clothes at the lowest setting
pounds of clothes per kilowatt-hour
What can affect the efficiency of your dryer?
water left in clothes
speed (revolutions per minute) of the tumbler
temperature of the heating element
Why is it so important to get an energy-efficient dryer? It's not something the average family uses every day?
It's not that it's important, but it’s the environmentally-correct thing to do.
It'll save you money and conserve energy.
They are usually more compact with sleeker lines.
Are high-efficiency dryers actually available on the American market?
Of course, they're advertised, aren't they?
Only in certain states where permitted by Department of Energy.
It's a marketing thing - they are no more efficient than any Energy Star labeled dryer.
What is the major issue regarding heat pump dryers available in Europe versus the American market?
take up a lot more room
require special wiring
To what extent are these dryers more efficient?
Are there any other reasons for not buying a heat pump dryer apart from the price?
take longer to dry
occupy more space
not manufactured in the USA
Since the heat pump dryer is more expensive and takes longer than a normal dryer, what is the reason for its popularity in Europe?
have more money to spend
higher energy costs = greater savings
locally manufactured appliances
What did a U.S. market survey find regarding high-efficiency dryers?
The American market was anxious to buy them.
Feelings were divided.
Consumers did not feel increased energy efficiency justified extra cost.
What is the estimated annual energy consumption of clothes dryers in the U.S.?
55 billion kilowatt-hours
66 billion kilowatt-hours
77 billion kilowatt-hours
Which costs less per load to dry, gas dryers or electric dryers?
about the same
Is there a currently available technology that is extremely energy-efficient?
Can you think of a drawback to a timer setting to dry a load of laundry?
If clothes dry before time is up, you waste energy.
Great idea to save energy.
Not a good idea - just check to see when the clothes are dry.
What is a more efficient way to solve the problem of over-drying?
A special scale determines when the weight of the clothes indicates that they are dry.
A moisture sensor monitors the humidity of the exhaust air.
Use the exact setting for the type of clothes in the dryer.
If it costs less to dry laundry in a gas dryer, why not just buy a gas dryer?
Gas dryers cost more.
Not every laundry room has a hook-up for a gas dryer.