Reasons to Choose ENERGY STAR

To earn ENERGY STAR certification, a TV must meet baseline efficiency standards, which continue to rise. In 2008, for example, an ENERGY STAR certified large-screen TV used up to 500 watts. By 2011, that number had dropped to just over 100 watts. When you shop for a new TV, look for the ENERGY STAR certification and the yellow EnergyGuide label to compare efficiency among models. And keep an eye out for our Smart Choice label—these products are Efficiency Vermont’s top picks.

  • On average 25% more energy efficient than standard models
  • Saves U.S. viewers and gamers $3.5 billion per year in electricity, reduces greenhouse gases
  • Smart Choice label helps you find the most efficient models at retail

Game Consoles

A game console is used to play video games in connection with a display (typically a TV). Consoles draw 120–150 watts of electricity when in use—more than most TVs. More important, they can consume just as much power when turned off, adding an extra $100 or more per year to your electric bill. An easy way to eliminate this standby load is to use an advanced power strip. In addition, consider disabling your console’s most power-intensive features, such as voice recognition.

  • Turn on your console’s energy-saver mode and disable power-intensive features
  • Use an advanced power strip to eliminate standby load
  • Call us to request an electric meter loan: find out how much power your console uses