Global home appliance leader LG Electronics has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the 2014 ENERGY STAR® Emerging Technology Award for its revolutionary new EcoHybrid™ Heat Pump Dryer. The annual award is given to innovative technologies that meet rigorous performance criteria to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, without sacrificing features or functionality.
“We applaud LG for being the first to offer a heat pump dryer for sale in North America,” said Ann Bailey, Director of ENERGY STAR Products at EPA. “This super-efficient, cutting-edge technology has the potential to save significant amounts of energy and C02 emissions.”
Unlike conventional electric dryers that waste considerable amounts of energy, LG’s EcoHybrid Dryer is the first commercially available dryer in the United States to utilize heat pump technology to capture and recycle energy generated during the drying process. Third-party test data shows that LG’s EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer saves up to 50 percent more energy than conventional electric dryers.
LG has been working toward introducing its heat pump dryer technology to the U.S. market for more than three years. In order to do this, LG had to engineer a product that could take advantage of the high efficiency offered by a heat pump while at the same time adhering to the expectations of U.S. consumers. The result is a machine that delivers optimal energy-saving performance without sacrificing on the cutting-edge features LG customers have come to expect.
“The Alliance to Save Energy applauds LG for demonstrating market leadership and a commitment to advancing energy efficiency by bringing forward a product that not only will deliver big savings to consumers on their monthly energy bills but also helps to improve our environment by reducing energy consumption and therefore harmful emissions,” said Alliance President Kateri Callahan. “We are proud to count LG among the elite corporations with whom the Alliance is working to advance energy efficiency for a cleaner environment and a more robust economy.”
“Moving the market to heat pump clothes dryers has the potential to provide consumers with a new level of laundry performance while delivering significant energy savings,” said Jeff Harris, Director, Technology and Market Strategy, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA). “NEEA is looking forward to working with innovators like LG to help advance dryer energy efficiency and bring those savings home.”
Residential clothes dryers represent significant opportunities for energy efficiency gains. New federal efficiency standards for dryers from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) take effect in 2015. In addition to earning the EPA’s coveted Emerging Technology Award in advance of these new standards, the LG EcoHybrid dryer is among the industry’s first dryers to be ENERGY STAR certified, based on the new DOE dryer test procedures.