Consumer Clothes Dryers

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As defined in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), “Electric Clothes Dryers” means a cabinet-like appliance designed to dry fabrics in a tumble-type drum with forced air circulation. The heat source is electricity and the drum and blower(s) are driven by an electric motor(s). 10 CFR 430.2 “Gas Clothes Dryers” means a cabinet-like appliance designed to dry fabrics in a tumble-type drum with forced air circulation. The heat source is gas and the drum and blower(s) are driven be an electric motor(s).  10 CFR 430.2 Manufacturers have been required to comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards for Residential Clothes Dryers since1988.

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Recent and Ongoing Activities

DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice extending the public comment period for the notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) which DOE proposes to establish separate product classes for top-loading residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 30 minutes, and for front-loading residential clothes washers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 45 minutes. In this notice, DOE is extending the comment period to October 13, 2020 and announcing a public hearing on September 30, 2020.

  • DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR until October 13, 2020.
  • Interested persons may submit comments identified by docket number EERE-2020-BT-STD-0001, by email (ConsumerWashersDryers2020STD0001@ee.doe.gov), Federal eRulemaking portal (http://www.regulations.gov) postal mail, or hand delivery/courier.
  • The webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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  • Additional webinar registration information, participant instructions, and information about the capabilities available to webinar participants will be published on DOE’s website: https://energy.gov/eere/buildings/public-meetings-and-comment-deadlines

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to energy conservation standards for consumer clothes dryers. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act, as amended (EPCA), prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers. In this notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR), DOE proposes to establish separate product classes for top-loading residential clothes washers and consumer clothes dryers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 30 minutes, and for front-loading residential clothes washers that offer cycle times for a normal cycle of less than 45 minutes. DOE would consider appropriate energy and water efficiency standards for such product classes, if adopted, in separate rulemakings.

DOE has published a Federal Register notice extending the comment period pertaining to the Clothes Dryers Test Procedure Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. 

DOE has pubilshed a Federal Register notice of public meeting revision and extension of public comment period pertaining to test procedures for clothes dryers. 84FR43529 (August 21, 2019)

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing amendments to the clothes dryer test procedures.

For the latest information on the planned timing of future DOE regulatory milestones, see the current Office of Management and Budget Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. All planned dates are preliminary and subject to change.

Standards

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to energy conservation standards for consumer clothes dryers. 85FR49297 (August 13, 2020).

DOE published a direct final rule prescribing amended energy conservation standards for clothes dryers. 76 FR 22454 (April 21, 2011).

The clothes dryer energy conservation standard rulemaking docket EERE-2007-BT-STD-0010 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

 

Public Meeting Information:

There are no meetings scheduled at this time.

Submitting Public Comments

Comment period is closed.

Test Procedure

DOE has pubilshed a Federal Register notice extending the public comment period pertaining to test procedures for clothes dryers. 84FR35484 (October 3, 2019)

DOE has pubilshed a Federal Register notice of public meeting revision and extension of public comment period pertaining to test procedures for clothes dryers. 84FR43529 (August 21, 2019)

DOE has published a Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) proposing amendments to the clothes dryer test procedures. 84FR35484 (July 23, 2019)

DOE published a final rule pertaining to test procedures for clothes dryers. 78 FR 49608 (August 14, 2013).

The clothes dryer energy test procedure docket EERE-2011-BT-TP-0054 contains all notices, public comments, public meeting transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this rulemaking.

Public Meeting Information

There are no meetings scheduled at this time.

DOE held a public meeting on November 13, 2014 to discuss potential changes to the clothes dryer test procedure. The clothes dryer energy test procedure docket EERE-2014-BT-TP-0034 contains all notices, public meetings transcripts, and supporting documents pertaining to this meeting.

Submitting Public Comments

Comment period is closed.


Current Standard

Residential Clothes Dryers manufactured and distributed in commerce, as defined by 42 U.S.C. 6291(16), must meet the energy conservation standards specified in the Code of Federal Regulations at 10 CFR 430.32(h).


Current Test Procedure

To determine that Residential Clothes Dryers that are currently manufactured or distributed into commerce are in compliance with DOE standards, manufacturers must follow the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR 430, Subpart B, Appendix D1.

Alternatively, manufacturers may use the test procedure methods specified at 10 CFR 430, Subpart B, Appendix D2 to demonstrate compliance.


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Compliance

DOE has established regulations on certification, compliance, and enforcement in the CFR at 10 CFR Part 429.  These regulations cover statistical sampling plans, certified ratings, certification reports, record retention, and enforcement.  More information on these regulations is available here.

Waivers

For information on current test procedure wavers, see DOE’s Waivers webpage.

For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR 430.27.

Exceptions

DOE's Office of Hearings and Appeals has not authorized exception relief for Residential Clothes Dryers.

For information about obtaining exception relief, see 10 CFR part 1003.

Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions

For information on further guidance and answers to Frequently Asked Questions on all covered products, see DOE’s Further Guidance database.

State Exemptions to Federal Pre-emption

DOE has not exempted any state from this energy conservation standard. States may petition DOE to exempt a state regulation from preemption by the Federal energy conservation standard. States may also petition DOE to withdraw such exemptions. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart D.

Small Business Exemptions

Any manufacturer of a covered product with annual gross revenues that do not exceed $8,000,000 from all its operations and meets certain other conditions may apply for an exemption to the energy conservation standard. For details, see 10 CFR part 430, subpart E.

ENERGY STAR®

DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR® products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySavers.gov.

Contact information

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