The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today it put into play May 1 tougher Energy Star requirements for manufacturers wanting to certify energy efficient televisions. These new requirements are the most stringent to date.
The EPA said that these new TVs carrying the Energy Star label will, on average, be up to 40 percent more energy efficient than standard models. Qualifying TVs now must use less energy when turned on, but still ensure a satisfactory level of brightness, and they must curb power associated with downloading program guide data. These new requirements are particularly big for TVs over 40 inches, with over 19 million new ones expected to ship this year.
The EPA, in putting the energy efficiency it believes will occur under these new rules into common sense measurements, believes that if all TVs sold nationwide met the new Energy Star requirements we would “save $2.5 billion annually in energy costs while reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the emissions of about 3 million cars.”