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Energy Star FAQs

Find answers to some of your FAQs related to purchasing energy efficient products.


ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary labeling program introduced in 1992 to help businesses and individuals save money and protect the climate through superior energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR is a widely recognized and trusted label on products that meet strict energy-efficiency requirements set by the EPA. ENERGY STAR Products are third-party certified and subject to ongoing verification.

The ENERGY STAR label was established to:

• Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants caused by the inefficient use of energy.
• Make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase energy-efficient products that offer savings on energy bills without sacrificing performance, features, and comfort.

Today, the ENERGY STAR label can be found on more than 65 different kinds of products found in our homes and workplaces including lighting, appliances, office equipment, consumer electronics, and heating and cooling equipment. Energy-efficient homes as well as schools, government buildings, and commercial and industrial buildings also can earn the ENERGY STAR. Learn more at

Why Should I Buy ENERGY STAR Qualified Products?

Many products come with two price tags: the purchase price and the cost of operating the product. ENERGY STAR qualified products can help consumers save money on operating costs by reducing energy use without sacrificing performance.

Approximately 70 percent of U.S. electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, which releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and contributes to climate change . ENERGY STAR certified products meet strict energy efficiency specifications set by EPA and use less energy, which helps to reduce their environmental impact.

ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators are about 15 percent more energy efficient than standard models. If everyone purchasing a refrigerator this year chose a model that has earned the ENERGY STAR, together we would save 715 million kWh per year of electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from about 100,000 cars

ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers use about 35 percent less water and 20 percent less energy for washing than standard models. Replacing your washer with an ENERGY STAR qualified model can save you $315 over the product’s lifetime.

ENERGY STAR certified air conditioners are on average 10 percent more energy-efficient than standard models. If every room air conditioner sold this year earned the ENERGY STAR, it would prevent 500 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions annually, equivalent to the emissions from about 49,000 cars.

An ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioner costs less than $65 per year to run, on average.

ENERGY STAR qualified TVs save energy both in standby and active modes and are on average over 20 percent more energy efficient than conventional models . The label can be found on everything from standard TVs to HD-ready TVs, to the largest flat-screen LCD and plasma models.

ENERGY STAR Home entertainment. A home equipped with TVs, a Blu-Ray player, a compact system, and a home theatre in a box that have earned the ENERGY STAR certification, can save more than $200 over the life of the products.

How do I know which LG products are ENERGY STAR qualified?


LG products that are ENERGY STAR qualified will have an ENERGY STAR label.


The ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation recognizes the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR. These exceptional products represent the leading edge in energy efficient products this year.

LG has more than 100 products, including refrigerators, washing machines, TVs and commercial air conditioners recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient for 2013.


Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR is a national campaign from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encouraging all Americans to join with millions of others in taking small steps that make a big difference in the fight against climate change. The campaign focuses on changes individuals can make at home, at work, and in their communities with ENERGY STAR qualified products and energy-efficient practices that will save energy, save money, and help fight climate change. To take the pledge, click here.


Team ENERGY STAR, launched in 2012, is part of the multi-year, EPA campaign, “Change the World, Start with ENERGY STAR,” developed to engage Americans of all ages in saving energy, money and protecting the environment with ENERGY STAR. LG has participated in the campaign since its launch as the prizing sponsor of the Team ENERGY STAR Challenge - awarding youth cool prizes for sharing their energy-saving stories and setting an example on how small individual changes can help protect the environment.


LG's US Recycling Program provides consumers with a free and convenient way of recycling their used, unwanted, obsolete, or damaged LG consumer electronics products by dropping them off at a designated Waste Management eCycling Center, or other alternative methods may be available. LG collected and responsibly recycled 13 million pounds of TVs, monitors and mobile phones in 2011, while encouraging consumers to replace old electronics with ENERGY STAR-qualified models. To find out more, visit the LG Recycling Program.


Replacing old, inefficient appliances reduces the amount of electricity needed to power them and, therefore, the amount of indirect greenhouse gas emissions released, helping to protect the environment.

To recycle an old appliance, first, you should check with your electric utility to see if an appliance recycling program is offered in your area (they may offer you a rebate to replace your old, inefficient appliance). Since some programs have required specifications for appliances (e.g., must be in working condition, of a minimum vintage and/or dimension), you may also need to confirm that your appliance is acceptable.

If you are buying a new appliance, check with your retailer to see if they offer to remove your old appliance when they deliver the new one. According to the Appliance Recycling Information Center (ARIC), about 97% of retailers will remove your old appliance when they install a new appliance. Many municipalities schedule pick-up or drop-off dates or allow consumers to drop off their unwanted appliances at a municipal site. Local scrap dealers may pick up your appliance for free or you may have to pay a nominal fee.

You can also learn about recycling various products by visiting ENERGY STAR's Recycle page.