The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave its 2014 Energy Star Emerging Technology Award to LG Electronics, for its EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer.
The annual award goes to innovative technologies that meet criteria to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions without sacrificing features or functionality.
LG spent three years developing a heat pump dryer that meets the expectations of U.S. consumers. The EcoHybrid dryer is the first commercially available dryer in the United States to use heat pump technology to capture and recycle energy generated during the drying process. Third-party test data shows it saves up to 50% more energy than conventional electric dryers.
The heat pump dryer (model DLHX4072) is now available in some U.S. markets and will be available nationwide in the fall of 2014, with a suggested retail price is $1,599-$1,699. Some utility companies are expected to offer incentives and rebates on the purchase of the dryer.
William Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics USA, called the dryer an energy efficiency breakthrough, and said it "sets the standard for sustainable appliances in the United States and around the world.”
“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.”
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