Energy Efficient TVs: Tune In, Win One

Do you know which televisions are the most energy efficient? Odds are you can’t tell just by looking. But the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is hoping to change that. Through an  initiative called Energy Forward, the organization is fostering awareness of the most energy efficient TVs, highlighting the top models with an orange Energy Forward sticker.

To increase awareness of the Energy Forward campaign, the NEEA is asking consumers to “like”  the Energy Forward movement on Facebook. Those who do so and submit captions for photos or vote on captions will be entered to win a 55-inch Samsung LED HDTV. Participants have until Dec. 12 to enter. After the entries are judged, the winners will be posted on the Facebook page on Dec. 19.

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image via NEEA

Beginning in 2010, consumers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana started to see the orange Energy Forward sticker on TVs at major retailers, including Sears, Best Buy and Costco.

The Energy Forward sticker means a TV is among the most efficient, technologically advanced models on the market. TVs with the orange sticker are all Energy Star-rated, but only the best performing sets have the orange sticker. In fact, according to the NEEA, Energy Forward TVs are at least 30% more efficient than the mere Energy Star standard—translating to annually savings of up to $100 annually on your electric bill, the group says.

According to the NEEA, 12 percent of televisions sold in the in Northwest at participating retail stores were energy-efficient TVs that were promoted with the Energy Forward sticker.

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Kristy Hessman is a writer and native Oregonian who currently resides in California. Before starting her own company, she worked as a reporter covering business and politics for daily newspapers and The Associated Press.