EPA Announces New Energy Star Requirements

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Effective in September 2011, televisions, cable and satellite boxes must be 40 percent more efficient in order to earn the Energy Star label. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday that in order to receive coveted Energy Star labels, manufacturers of televisions and cable and satellite boxes must increase their energy efficiency by 40 percent beginning in September.

This translates into the average 60-inch television decreasing from 282 watts to fewer than 108 watts, and cable and satellite boxes in “deep sleep mode” dropping from 16 watts to two watts.

Product performance is certified by a third-party in an EPA-recognized lab for all Energy Star labeling.

EPA estimates that if all televisions and cable and satellite boxes in the U.S. met the new rules, consumers would save $5 billion each year in energy costs and the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would be equal to more than 7 million cars.

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