Consumers will be able to buy televisions meeting the EPA´s new, more comprehensive energy efficiency specifications starting Nov. 1.
Televisions that meet the new Energy Star specification will be up to 30% more energy efficient than conventional models, according to the agency. If all televisions sold in the United States met the new Energy Star requirements, the savings in energy costs would grow to $1 billion annually and greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by the equivalent of about 1 million cars, according to the EPA.
The new specification requires energy efficiency when televisions are on as well as off or in "standby" mode. It also requires the use of external power supplies that have earned the Energy Star label where applicable.
An up-to-date list of models that meet the new specification is available at www.energystar.gov/ia/products/prod_lists/tv_vcr_prod_list.pdf
Source: Waste News, October 31, 2008