Increased energy efficiency is finally coming to electronic devices in your home. As of May 1st, 2010, it became harder for TV manufacturers to earn an Energy Star label, which also meant it became easier for consumers to shop for and select a TV that uses less energy.
Overall, televisions meeting the new Energy Star standards (version 4.1) will use 40% less power than conventional models. The savings are even higher in large screen sizes, with 46″ and 50″ TV’s averaging a 50% savings. The next version of Energy Star standards that will go into effect in 2012, will result in a further 30% gain in energy efficiency across the board.
You can search for Energy Star 4.1 compliant televisions here on the EPA’s Energy Star web site.