Why are there no ENERGY STAR dryers?
Dryers are not eligible to earn the label because most clothes dryers use similar amounts of energy. The Department of Energy's Appliance Standards program conducted a detailed study which found that the clothes dryers on the U.S. market do not vary significantly from each other in terms of energy consumption. [They forgot about the solar clothesline, apparently!] This is also the reason why the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) does not require clothes dryers to have a yellow EnergyGuide label.
Over the next few years, DOE Appliance Standards program will be revisiting this study as it determines whether to revise the current federal energy conservation standards for dryers. We hope that they take a closer look.
ENERGY STAR does not provide a savings calculator for the dryer, either, because dryers are not eligible to earn the ENERGY STAR. Their savings calculator are set up to compare ENERGY STAR products vs non-ENERGY STAR products.