Household tumble driers are subject to EU energy labelling and ecodesign requirements. Switching to one of the most efficient tumble driers can reduce energy costs up to 50%. With more efficient tumble driers, Europe will be able to save up to 3.3 TWh of electricity by 2020, equivalent to the annual final energy consumption of Malta.
New tumble driers come with an energy label showing their energy efficiency rating, with different labels for electric air-vented, gas air-vented and electric condenser appliances. From May 2013, the most efficient tumble driers have carried an A+++ label. These ratings take into account the energy consumption of the standard cotton programme at full and partial load, the power consumption in ‘off-mode’, the power consumption in ‘left-on mode’ and the presence or absence of a power management system. Household spin extractors are excluded from the regulation's scope.
- EU energy labelling regulation for household tumble driers (EU) No 392/2012
Household combined washer-driers are covered by the EU energy labelling directive for household combined washer-driers (96/60/EC) and have a specific energy label: Household tumble driers energy label template .
Ecodesign requirements apply to tumble driers sold in the EU. These requirements cover energy efficiency, performance, and product information. Household combined washer-driers and household spin extractors are excluded from the scope.