2014 Emerging Technology Award: Advanced Clothes Dryers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to recognize Advanced Clothes Dryers with the ENERGY STAR® Emerging Technology Award in 2014. Advanced clothes dryers present a significant savings opportunity compared to other appliance categories where cost-effective energy efficiency gains have largely been realized.

Dryers are one of the largest energy-using appliances in the home. For example, a typical dryer consumes more than 900 kWh/year, compared to a typical refrigerator that uses just 455 kWh/year.

Award-winning dryers offer:

  • Energy savings of approximately 40% in the most efficient setting
  • Savings of as much as $430 over the service life of the dryer
  • Total savings of more than 3,800 kWh over the service life of the dryer

EPA estimates that an ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award-winning clothes dryer could:

  • Save enough energy in a year to run an ENERGY STAR certified clothes washer for 10 months.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 5,000 pounds in its lifetime.
LG EcoHybrid Dryer

In August 2014, EPA awarded the LG EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer (model DLHX4072) with the 2014 Emerging Technology Award.

The vented LG EcoHybrid Dryer features LG TrueSteam™ technology, which uses real steam to reduce wrinkles and odors. The 7.3-cubic-foot capacity dryer is also equipped with Smart Diagnosis™ technology allowing users to troubleshoot issues without a service call.


The 2014 Emerging Technology Award-winning LG EcoHybrid Heat Pump Dryer is available now in selected U.S. markets and will be available nationwide this fall.

For more information, please email emergingtech@energystar.gov.