How to Find the Most Efficient Appliances

In my experience, it seems most people compare appliance models based on cost, appearance, and brand.  Some individuals consult the yellow-and-black EnergyGuide label for estimated operating cost and energy use information.  Others research models online through the Energy Star products database.

But there’s a new resource for locating the most energy efficient products on the market: Top Ten USA.

Top Ten USA is a non-profit organization that recently launched a free web-based resource with guides to the 10 most energy-efficient products in all sorts of categories, including refrigerators, freezers, televisions, dishwashers, clothes waters, etc.

Here are a few list pages:

In the end, it probably goes without saying but – notwithstanding the Energy Star label – some products are more efficient than others.   If you want to move beyond the label, perhaps Top Ten USA will be a helpful, up-to-date resource in doing so.

How do you find the most environmentally-friendly products when purchasing?

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  • Dryernet

    The electric clothes dryer is the most inefficient appliance in the home. It heats up air to 140 degrees, dries the clothes and then exhausts that heat outside.

    Two Senior citizens from Washington, MO have developed a new filter for an electric dryer. Jim & Sandy Atkinson were driving around and saw steam coming out of the side of homes. They thought, “What a waste of heat!”

    So, they started experimenting with different products and were not satisfied with any of them. They decided to develop their own product. They named it, Dryernet; It filters the air coming out of the dryer so well, you can hardly smell anything. It filters down to .5 microns and removes all the contaminants. Jim’s physician says it filters down to the bacteria level.

    The original thought was to save on heat to cut expenses but they have discovered added benefits to the product. It adds much needed moisture in the winter, you don’t have to have a humidifier going since the Dryernet adds moisture. With the added moisture, Sandy doesn’t have to use skin moisturizer. It makes it easier to breathe at night cutting down on that dry mouth feeling in the morning. It cuts down on static electricity.

    They found out that if your dryervent is longer than 10 feet, the dryer dries the clothes faster due to increased airflow. So that saves energy too. Overall, Jim and Sandy saved about $20.00 a month on their heating bill. If you use your dryer more than 4 times a week, you’ll save more. Many house fires are caused by a clogged dryer vent, not with the Dryernet!

    How often does a “Green” product pay for itself in a month and a half? If ten percent of the electric dryers used the dryernet, over 1 Billion dollars in energy use would be saved, each year.

    We have been featured on Fox news in St. Louis, KOLR-TV in Springfield, MO and KOMU in Columbia, MO.
    For more information on the Dryernet, go to Jim Atkinson, 636-388-2808

    • Alex

      Dear Jim,

      My background is in architecture and over the last 3 years I have been consulting for my home state’s Weatherization Assistance Program. Though I appreciate the idea behind your “Dryernet” I have to say this is a bad idea that has been shot down by the building science community over and over and over again. First, there is no mention of the fact that this product should absolutely NEVER be used with a gas dryer. If someone wasn’t educated about the dangers of carbon monoxide, your product could potentially pump exhaust into their laundry room. This is a huge health and safety concern. Secondly, pumping that much moisture back into the home instead of exhausting it outside could potentially cause mildew and mold issues. Especially if the home has been built in the last couple of decades or if it isn’t properly ventilated. Lastly, unless properly maintained, the build up of lint could potentially cause a fire hazard. I applaud your entrepreneurial spirit, but this product has been done before. It was a bad idea then and its a bad idea now.

  • Appliance Parts

    could you please tell me from where i can find Clothes dryer parts

  • Dryenet

    Send me an e-mail at and I can send you in the right direction.  Jim

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