ENERGY STAR specification for Digital Television Adapters (DTAs) announced

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

In anticipation of the nationwide changeover to digital television signals in February 2009, EPA is announcing new ENERGY STAR specifications for energy-efficient, digital-to-analog converter boxes, or DTAs. These new specifications are expected to cut the energy use of a DTA by over 70 percent. It is estimated that Americans will purchase 22 million DTAs to continue to receive over-the-air broadcasts after the February 18, 2009 conversion from analog to digital broadcasts. If all DTAs met the ENERGY STAR specification, Americans could save 13 billion kWh and $1 billion in energy costs, and reduce the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of more than 1 million cars.