TECHNOLOGIES

Energy Star Televisions

New, efficient TVs like this one can save 40% on energy
New, efficient TVs like this one can save 40% on energy

Energy Star qualified TV screens use about 19% less energy over the course of a year than conventional televisions, with up to 40% savings in some cases. Since TVs account for about 10% of home electricity consumption, switching to an Energy Star model can make a big difference. If all Californians with older cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions choose Energy Star models when they upgrade, they could save a combined 700 Gigawatt-hours each year in residential applications alone, enough electricity to power nearly 120,000 homes.

Energy Star models are available for all modern television types and screen sizes. LCD, plasma, rear projection TVs, and even a solid state (OLED) TV have been EnergyStar certified under the Version 3.0 EnergyStar guidelines, established in November 2008. With nearly 500 qualified models from all of the main TV brands, this is an easy way to save money and energy, without sacrificing on quality.

The Energy Star program does not require a particular choice of technology. Instead, it specifies maximum power consumption using a formula based on screen size. The Energy Star specification also requires standby power consumption (when a TV is turned off but still plugged in) to be less than one Watt.

Energy Star certification is a nationwide, voluntary program. However, in November 2009, the California Energy Commission approved the nation's first energy efficiency standards for televisions, which are based on the Energy Star Standards. The standard requires that models sold in California use 32% less electricity by 2011 and 49% less electricity by 2013. Energy Star certified televisions will not only achieve these new standards but will also help residents save on their energy bills, reduce their carbon footprints, and still enjoy the benefits of high definition, flat screen, and big screen TVs.

Photo Credit:  Courtesy of Sony Electronics Inc.; Sony ECO BRAVIA

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