- Gas dryers
- Electric dryers
Gas dryers may cost less to operate, depending on the electric and gas rates in your area, but may have a slightly higher initial price tag. Like most electric dryers, gas models require venting to the outside of the home. In addition, gas models also require a dedicated gas line which may not be practical for some types of housing and could add to the cost of installation.
Electric dryers may be slightly less expensive to purchase initially but may be more costly to run than gas models, depending on your area’s utility rates. For homes where outside venting may not be practical, ventless electric models are available that do not require venting. Electric dryers do not require a dedicated gas line, but most standard sized models require a 240 V outlet. Alternatively, some compact dryers are available for a 120 V outlet.
Standard Setting and Certifying Programs
Various national and international standards apply to electronic appliances. They are defined below as a guide.
ENERGY STAR® is a voluntary energy efficiency program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The ENERGY STAR® program makes identification of energy efficient appliances easy by labeling products that deliver the same or better performance as comparable models while using less energy and saving money. For additional information on the ENERGY STAR® program, including product specifications and a list of qualifying products, visit the ENERGY STAR® website at https://www.energystar.gov/.
Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive is a European Parliament and Council Directives restricting the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment. For additional information on RoHS, please visit https://www.rohsguide.com/.
Purchasing Residential Clothes Dryers
All affected entities shall purchase residential clothes dryers that are Energy Star certified.
Affected entities are encouraged to purchase residential clothes dryers that comply with the latest RoHS requirements.
In addition, all affected entities are encouraged to purchase residential clothes dryers which are remanufactured or incorporate recycled materials in the manufacturing of the residential dishwasher to the extent practicable.
End of Life Management
All affected entities shall follow the following hierarchy for end-of-life management of residential clothes dryers:
- If the unit is still in working condition:
- Attempt to re-use it if a residential clothes dryer is needed in another application/facility.
- If the unit is no longer needed, work with the OGS Surplus Property program for redistribution or sale.
- If the unit is no longer in working condition:
- Ensure that it is properly recycled through your entities e-waste recycling program.
Packaging shall comply with Environmental Conservation Law section 37-0205. Packaging shall not contain inks, dyes, pigments, adhesives, stabilizers, or any other additives to which any lead, cadmium, mercury, or hexavalent chromium is intentionally added or contain incidental concentrations of lead, cadmium, mercury or hexavalent chromium which together are greater than 100 parts per million by weight (0.01%).
New York State encourages affected entities to adopt the following in order of preference when purchasing items that come in packaging:
- Items that do not need packaging, or the packaging is part of the product.
- Items that come in reusable packaging.
- Items that come in bulk packaging.
- Items that come in innovative packaging that reduces the amount of packaging.
- Items that come in packaging that remains the property of the supplier and does not become the property of the end user under any circumstance or condition. The vendor shall certify that the packaging material will be reused, recycled, or composted, and managed in compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws.
- Items that come in packaging that maximizes recycled or biodegradable (compostable) content and/or meets or exceeds the minimum post-consumer content level for packaging in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines. Biodegradable products should only be used in areas where a composting facility exists that accept the material.
- Items that come in Packaging that is recyclable or biodegradable (compostable). Biodegradable products should only be used in areas where a composting facility exists and will accept the material.