Method for Evaluating Energy Use of Dishwashers, Clothes Washers, and Clothes Dryers: Preprint

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Building America teams are researching opportunities to improve energy efficiency for some of the more challenging end-uses, such as lighting (both fixed and occupant-provided), appliances (clothes washer, dishwasher, clothes dryer, refrigerator, and range), and miscellaneous electric loads, which are all heavily dependent on occupant behavior and product choices. These end-uses have grown to bea much more significant fraction of total household energy use (as much as 50% for very efficient homes) as energy efficient homes have become more commonplace through programs such as ENERGY STAR and Building America. As modern appliances become more sophisticated the residential energy analyst is faced with a daunting task in trying to calculate the energy savings of high efficiency appliances. Unfortunately, most whole-building simulation tools do not allow the input of detailed appliance specifications. Using DOE test procedures the method outlined in this paper presents a reasonable way to generate inputs for whole-building energy-simulation tools. The information necessary to generate these inputs is available on Energy-Guide labels, the ENERGY-STAR website, California EnergyCommission's Appliance website and manufacturer's literature. Building America has developed a standard method for analyzing the effect of high efficiency appliances on whole-building energy consumption when compared to the Building America's Research Benchmark building.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2006
Event2006 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings - Pacific Grove, California
Duration: 13 Aug 200618 Aug 2006


Conference2006 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings
CityPacific Grove, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-550-39769


  • appliances
  • Building America
  • DOE
  • energy efficient homes
  • mels
  • miscellaneous electrical loads
  • test procedures
  • U.S. Department of Energy


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