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. As of May 2013, the most efficient tumble driers carry an A+++ label.
These ratings take into account:
- energy consumption of the standard cotton programme at full and partial load
- power consumption in ‘off-mode’
- power consumption in ‘left-on mode’
- presence or absence of a power management system
Household spin extractors are excluded from the regulation's scope.
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.
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.