With the new ENERGY STAR TV specification now in effect, consumers looking to buy a new TV ahead of the DTV transition but in time for the holidays get to choose from a host of new focused ENERGY STAR-compliant models. For the first time, the new standards rate energy efficiency for both active and standby power consumption across all types of televisions.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if all televisions purchased by consumers in 2009 met the new ENERGY STAR standards, the savings in greenhouse gas emissions would be equal to removing one million cars from the road. Also according to EPA, TVs that earn the ENERGY STAR label under the new requirements will be up to 30 percent more efficient than non-qualified models, making it easier for consumers to select an efficient model based upon the government-backed criteria. EPA projects that approximately one quarter of the televisions currently entering the market will meet the stricter specification for efficiency. A list of models qualified under the new ENERGY STAR TV specification can be found online at www.energystar.gov.
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