The Energy Star for TVs standards were released on September 3 and manufacturers will need to up efficiency and keep sizes in check if they want the coveted label.
The Version 4 sticker, coming May 1, 2010, will require a 40 percent increase in efficiency over TVs sold today and the Version 5 sticker, coming May 2012, will require a 65 percent increase. The new ratings will reflect the energy consumed when the TV is in "On Mode" as well as when it's off but downloading programming information.
The new versions pretty much take large TVs out of the running by requiring that any TVs over 50 inches meet the same "On Mode" requirements as a 50-inch one - 108 kW. The cover letter to the technical specifications for the new standards made it clear that large TVs just aren't environmentally friendly.
"The issue in this case is what TV sizes can the federal government credibly designate as preferable from an energy and environmental perspective. This has become an important issue as the sizes of TVs and energy use continue to grow."
Making it harder to qualifty for the Energy Star label will hopefully drive up efficiency on all TV models. TVs account for four percent of all households' electricity use in the U.S. According to the EPA, there are 275 million TVs in use in the country, consuming 50 billion kWh per year - enough to power all the homes in the state of New York for a year.
written by Charlie K, September 16, 2009
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