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Heat-Pump Clothes Dryers Really Work, Study Confirms

The technology, prevalent in Europe, could be adapted for super-sized American laundry loads.

Residential clothes dryers account for an estimated 4% of annual U.S. household electricity use, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Yet these appliances continue to use standard tumble-dry, electric-resistance technology that is decades old while more energy-efficient technologies, such as heat-pump dryers, are readily available in Europe and elsewhere.

 

Published April 29, 2013