TVs & Game Consoles
As TVs grow larger and consoles more powerful, energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important to consumers.
Since 2000, televisions have grown bigger and more powerful. Digital displays that first replaced cathode ray tubes demanded more electricity, which pushed the development of new efficiency standards. As a result, today’s new ENERGY STAR® certified TVs are on average 25% more efficient than standard models while offering the same features. (However, new technologies like ultra high definition use more energy.) Game consoles have also grown in power, speed, and electrical consumption, but there are ways to help them run more efficiently.
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