New Televisions Now Energy Usage Labeled

Sure, you want one of those spanky new LED televisions. But which one will prove the most energy efficient to operate? Now, thanks to new Federal Trade Commission requirements, you won’t have to guess, as all televisions manufactured after May 10th will come with mandatory labels that disclose the product’s estimated annual energy costs.

Manufacturer compliance with these new “EnergyGuide” rules, developed with input from the Consumer Electronics Association, will take the form of  removable, detailed yellow-and-black labels attached to all new TVs. These labels are expected to debut at retail stores in the coming weeks, and on TVs sold on the Internet beginning July 11.

LED TV

image via Phillips

These labels are expected to make it easier for buyers to make eco-informed decisions by disclosing the product’s estimated annual energy cost and offering at-a-glance comparisons to the energy typically used by similarly sized TVs.

This change comes not long after California released its own, tougher energy efficiency rules for televisions–both of which could help to make the old, energy-hogging TVs of yesteryear obsolete.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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