Forget Energy Star. If you live in the Pacific Northwest and want to make sure you’re purchasing a super-efficient television, desktop computer and/or monitor, look for the big orange “Energy Forward” label.
This new rating system, developed by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in partnership with various Northwest utility companies and select retailers, went into effect this month. Highlighting electronics that are at least 30 percent more efficient than the EPA’s Energy Star ratings, the Energy Forward label is now featured at Sears, Wal-Mart, Costco, Kmart, Sam’s Club and a range of regional and independent retailers throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Fair enough, you say. But is the greenest television still the biggest, the baddest and the best? According to Karen Austin, president of consumer electronics for Sears Holdings, the answer is ‘yes.’ “The ‘Energy Forward’ message tells customers in the market for a new television that the newer, most technologically advanced products can also save hundreds of dollars in energy costs over the life of the television,” said Austin, in a statement.
The complete list of Energy Forward certified electronics is available online.
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