Use the perma-press cycle
This employs a cool-down period at the end of the cycle. Rather than using heated air, the dryer uses cool air to finish drying, saving you energy and money.
A dryer's perma-press setting uses less energy and therefore produces fewer greenhouse gases than other settings.
Find it! Dryers with perma-press cycles
Using your dryer's perma-press cycle helps you go green because
- It uses less energy, and therefore creates fewer carbon dioxide emissions.
According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA)
, the average household dryer consumes 1,079 kilowatt hours per year, which amounts to 2,224 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2
). The permanent press cycle — also known as the cool-down, perm-press, or perma-press cycle — uses cool air, rather than heated air, for the last few minutes of a drying cycle. Because the dryer is not heating the air, it uses less energy than full-heat settings, reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
An added benefit to choosing the perma-press cycle: since less heat is used, the amount of wear-and-tear on clothes is reduced.
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