New Energy-efficiency Standards for Televisions

Television manufacturers will have to meet tougher standards by May 2010 in order for their products to qualify for the Energy Star label.

| September 9, 2009

  • Television
    According to the Energy Star program, the 275 million TVs currently in use in the United States consume more than 50 billion kWh of energy each year — enough to power all the homes in the state of New York for one year.

  • Television

Televisions will soon need to be 40 percent more energy-efficient than conventional models to achieve the Energy Star label. Currently, Energy Star-qualified TVs use about 30 percent less energy than conventional models, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised the specifications on Sept. 3.

Under the new requirements, which take effect on May 1, 2010, TVs must use less energy when turned on, while still ensuring a satisfactory level of brightness. TVs must also curb the power needed to download program guide data. According to the EPA, if all TVs sold in the United States met the new Energy Star requirements, U.S. residents would save $2.5 billion annually in energy costs.

An even stricter threshold will take effect on May 2, 2012, achieving a 65 percent savings over conventional TVs. In setting the higher standard, the EPA struggled with the option of limiting the size of TV screens, because the energy consumption of TV screens tends to be proportional to their area. According to the EPA, U.S. consumers are expected to buy more than 19 million TVs with screens larger than 40 inches in 2010, and the steady shift toward big-screen TVs could increase household energy use. But rather than explicitly restricting the screen size, the EPA set a maximum power use of 108 watts when the TV is on. That will limit the number of big-screen TVs that qualify for the Energy Star, but the EPA notes that some TVs available today are larger than 50 inches and already meet the higher standard.

Energy Star is a joint program of U.S. Department of Energy and the EPA.

Reprinted from EERE Network News, a free newsletter from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Fermentation Frenzy!

September 12-13, 2019
Seven Springs, Pa

Fermentation Frenzy! is produced by Fermentation magazine in conjunction with the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR. This one-and-a-half day event is jam-packed with fun and informative hands-on sessions.


Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Money-Saving Tips in Every Issue!

Mother Earth NewsAt MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter flipboard

Free Product Information Classifieds Newsletters

click me