Meaning those household bills will be a little less daunting.
The University of Florida are developing a full-sized prototype of the ultrasonic dryer, capable of drying a whole basket of laundry, which they hope to have completed by August.
The ultrasonic technique works by using high-pitched vibrations, which wicks moisture from clothes, rather than just slowly heating them like current models.
The tumble dryer has been designed for the residential market – 85% of homes in America have a dryer – and will retail at about £300 meaning that it would not out price the current white goods market.
Ayyoub Momen, the head researcher on the project, said that the ultrasonic method is cheaper, faster, energy-saving and is even better for your clothes.
Given the high number of tumble dryer owners in the United States, Momen estimates that the innovation could have a real impact on energy usage.
Momen said: “You have the environmental impact, the cost and our country’s [dependence] on energy sources. We’ve got to make a change. And us, we’re starting with this dryer.”
The researcher first developed the idea for a 2014 Department of Energy dryer innovation challenge.
The prototype is being sold to retailers General Electric, and Momen indicates that it has potential to be sold worldwide.
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