User Inputs to the Clothes Dryer Model

The method of estimating clothes dryer energy depends on the user inputs available for each of the different levels of user inputs. At the simple inputs level in the Home Energy Saver, no user inputs are available concerning the clothes dryer. An electric clothes dryer is assigned to the house as the default if users indicate that they have a clothes washer. The number of loads dried is assumed to be equal to the number of loads of laundry washed.

For the detailed inputs level of the Home Energy Saver, the initial number of clothes dryer loads is assumed to be 260 loads/year. Users can customize the number of loads dried and select the primary fuel used for providing heat.