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TVs are getting larger. In fact, some of the largest, high resolution, direct view TVs (versus rear projection products) can use as much electricity as a standard, new refrigerator — roughly 500 kWh, every year.
The Consumer Electronics Association estimates about 33 million televisions will ship to the U.S. in 2012. More than 19 million of these will be greater than 40 inches in size. Most consumers say that energy efficiency will be a factor in their next television choice. ENERGY STAR can help guide Americans to more energy efficient options.
ENERGY STAR certified televisions are on average, over 20 percent more energy efficient than conventional models. The label can be found on everything from standard TVs to HD–ready TVs, to the largest flat–screen LCD and plasma models.
Current ENERGY STAR requirements demand larger sets meet even more stringent efficiency levels to earn the label. For example, an ENERGY STAR certified 60–inch television will be, on average, almost 40 percent more efficient than a non–certified model.
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Televisions originally qualified for the ENERGY STAR label in 1998. ENERGY STAR certified televisions must consume 1 watt or less in Sleep Mode and On Mode power requirements vary according to screen area. External power supplies (EPS) packaged with TV products must meet level V performance requirements under the International Efficiency Marking Protocol and include the level V marking.
In addition to energy performance, there are many other important operating and convenience features to consider when shopping for televisions
These are the top FAQs related to Televisions and the ENERGY STAR program.