The newer generation of TVs–from LCD to plasma to other technologies–vary widely in their energy consumption. And it hasn’t been easy for consumers to figure out which use what. That should start to change this spring.
You’ve likely seen the yellow EnergyGuide label on new appliances, from clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers to air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters and more. OK, I admit I’m an energy geek–I actually look for, read, and consider the energy use when I’m buying things like this. Of course, I look for the other features, too. But I try to make smart energy consumption a factor in the decision process. Although most people don’t do this, it’s really pretty easy.
Anyway, back to the main point–later this year, these labels with be required on new TVs according to the FTC.
Beginning in May 2011 the FTC will require manufacturers to provide consumers this information about different models of televisions and how much energy they use. Of course, the Energy Star label still provides a simple indicator of relative efficiency. But I like have good information to make a more informed choice.