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LG takes on the smarter, green home (photos)

At CES, LG showed off a line of smart appliances, part of a line of home energy products geared at better efficiency and control.

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LG's green home

LAS VEGAS--At the Consumer Electronics Show, LG showed off a line of smart appliances capable of connecting to a home network and smart meter. But it's vision for the smart, greener home is much bigger, as seen here. It encompasses solar panels, a ground-source heat pump, home batteries, efficient lighting and electronics, and even electric car charging.

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Tablet interface to Thinq

LG's Thinq smart appliances can be controlled from a networked device, including a PC, tablet, or smart phone.

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Home energy monitoring

An LG executive shows off some of the capabilities of a smart appliance, including the ability to track energy use and schedule jobs to take advantage of cheaper, off-peak electricity rates.

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Internet refrigerator redux

LG's smart appliances have touch-screen displays. The company says that being connected to the Internet would allow consumers to download pre-programmed wash cycles or recipes and keep track of food in the refrigerator.

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robotic vacuum

LG said its robotic vacuum cleaner can also be controlled over the home network and keep an eye on the house when people are out.

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Efficient washing drum

LG also touted some of the technology inside its appliances to make them more energy efficient. The drum inside its washing machine does not use a belt as typical washers do, making it vibrate less and more efficient.

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