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Energy Star FAQs

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

What is ENERGY STAR®?

ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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 www.energystar.gov.

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 certified 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 20 percent more energy efficient than standard models. If all refrigerators sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $1.4 billion each year and 19 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from 1.8 million vehicles.


ENERGY STAR certified clothes washers use about 35 percent less water and 35 percent less energy for washing than standard models. Replacing your washer with an ENERGY STAR certified model can save you $600 over the product’s lifetime.


ENERGY STAR certified air conditioners are on average 15 percent more energy-efficient than standard models. If all every room air conditioner sold this year earned the ENERGY STAR, it would prevent 7 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to the emissions from more than 670,000 vehicles.


An ENERGY STAR certified room air conditioner costs less than $70 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 certified?

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

WHAT IS ENERGY STAR MOST EFFICIENT 2014?

Looking for the ENERGY STAR label is a simple way to save money and help prevent climate change. Now EPA introduces ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2014, a new distinction that recognizes select products that deliver cutting edge energy efficiency along with the latest in technological innovation. It is an award that highlights the very best of ENERGY STAR.

LG has over 25 products, including refrigerators, washing machines, TVs and commercial air conditioners recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient for 2014.

WHAT IS THE CHANGE THE WORLD, START WITH ENERGY STAR CAMPAIGN?

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 certified products and energy-efficient practices that will save energy, save money, and help fight climate change. To take the pledge, click here.

WHAT IS TEAM ENERGY STAR?

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.

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY UNWANTED ELECTRONICS?

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.

WHAT DO I DO WITH MY UNWANTED APPLIANCES?

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.

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