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Title: Energy and the laundry process

Abstract

Energy usage in the residential laundry process is discussed. The various parts of the washing and drying cycles and areas where energy is being wasted or where its usage can be optimized are analyzed. The application of R and D to these areas will result in energy savings. The work was centered on standard and large-size automatic washers and dryers, as compact, portable, and manual models comprise a small part of the market. However, the principles discussed apply to them also. Data from many sources were used to compile this report. Most sources show very good general agreement so far as energy consumption and usage patterns are concerned. The results suggest that improved and/or integrated controls utilizing modern electronics can indeed help conserve energy. A better understanding by the consumer of the factors involved in the laundry process can also lead to the purchase and wise use of that laundry equipment which best suits the individual needs.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
6272872
Report Number(s):
ORNL/CON-41
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; CLOTHES DRYERS; ENERGY CONSUMPTION; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; PERFORMANCE; CLOTHES WASHERS; CONTROL EQUIPMENT; ECONOMICS; ELECTRIC APPLIANCES; EXPERIMENTAL DATA; GAS APPLIANCES; GRAPHS; OPERATION; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; TABLES; APPLIANCES; BUILDINGS; DATA; DRYERS; EFFICIENCY; EQUIPMENT; INFORMATION; NUMERICAL DATA; 320101* - Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization- Residential Buildings- (-1987)

Citation Formats

Levins, W.P. Energy and the laundry process. United States: N. p., 1980. Web. doi:10.2172/6272872.
Levins, W.P. Energy and the laundry process. United States. doi:10.2172/6272872.
Levins, W.P. Tue . "Energy and the laundry process". United States. doi:10.2172/6272872. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/6272872.
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title = {Energy and the laundry process},
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abstractNote = {Energy usage in the residential laundry process is discussed. The various parts of the washing and drying cycles and areas where energy is being wasted or where its usage can be optimized are analyzed. The application of R and D to these areas will result in energy savings. The work was centered on standard and large-size automatic washers and dryers, as compact, portable, and manual models comprise a small part of the market. However, the principles discussed apply to them also. Data from many sources were used to compile this report. Most sources show very good general agreement so far as energy consumption and usage patterns are concerned. The results suggest that improved and/or integrated controls utilizing modern electronics can indeed help conserve energy. A better understanding by the consumer of the factors involved in the laundry process can also lead to the purchase and wise use of that laundry equipment which best suits the individual needs.},
doi = {10.2172/6272872},
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place = {United States},
year = {1980},
month = {4}
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