Thursday, March 10, 2011

New Energy Star Standards For Televisions and Cable - Satellite Boxes

EPA has updated the Energy Star requirements for televisions and cable and satellite boxes. Effective in September 2011, these products must be 40 % more efficient than conventional models in order to qualify for the Energy Star label. The updates for televisions and cable and satellite boxes are the first of more than 20 revisions to product requirements the Energy Star program is expected to complete in 2011.

Under the new requirements, a 60 inch television must use less than 108 watts, compared to the average 282 watts used by a standard model that size. The new Energy Star requirements for cable and satellite boxes specify that they enter a deep sleep mode while not in use, dropping their energy consumption from about 16 watts to 2 watts or less. The new requirements also encourage the deployment of multi-room “thin client” devices to transmit programming from one central DVR to other televisions in the home.

In order to earn the Energy Star label, product performance must be certified by an EPA-recognized third-party based on testing in an EPA-recognized lab. In addition, manufacturers of the products must participate in verification testing programs run by recognized certification bodies.

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