California Sets Energy Standards For TVs

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In an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions California has set tough new energy efficiency standards for televisions under 58 inches.  The new rules mandate that, starting in 2011, televisions sold in California consume 33% less electricity than current models.  Efficiency standards toughen even further in 2013 with a 49% reduction in electricity usage mandated.  These new standards are motivated by the fact that flat-screen TVs use, on average, 40% more energy than the old-style cathode ray tube TV sets they replaced.  Typically, TVs account for 10% of home energy use, so a these regulations have the potential for significant savings for a typical household.

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