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After the embarrassment of being stripped of its Energy Star labels for refrigerator models last year, LG gets vetted by UL Environment for a SteamWasher and an LCD television set. LG is one of the first companies to have its products tested and vouched for by Underwriters Laboratories' new environmental arm. It's a strong move for both, since UL Environment is fairly new and needs to put it's stamp on products in the market place, and since LG needs the backing of a solid third party evaluator.GreenBiz reports, "The LG SteamWasher WM3001HWA was found to use at least 50 percent less water and energy than current Energy Star requirements. The washer also exceeds 2011 requirements for energy use by at least 35 percent and water consumption by at least 40 percent.
"The LG 47LH90 LCD TV uses at least 70 percent less energy than required by Energy Star 3.0 requirements in standby mode and a least 40 percent less energy that the standard requires for the on-mode."
Not too shabby. And it is something consumers can put a little faith into, especially since Energy Star is having troubles of its own when living up to expectations for consumer trust.
"Using this comprehensive UL Environment third-party testing program to validate environmental claims such as energy and water efficiency will instill further confidence in our products' performance and will help maintain consumers' confidence in voluntary programs such as Energy Star," said Teddy Hwang, President of LG Electronics USA.
Helping to repair its last gaff, LG plans to expand participation in the UL Environment program, including refrigerator-freezers, plasma HDTVs (which they should just quit manufacturing at all if they want to be green....) and other electronics.
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