Government Adjusts Energy Star Standards
In the midst of the “green revolution” that has swept electronics and many other industries, federal Environmental Protection Agency announced this week that it will soon begin requiring TVs to be 30 percent more efficient than normal in order to earn the “Energy Star” label.
“Energy Star’s new specifications for televisions are turning the channel on energy guzzling sets – making them go the way of rabbit-ears and the black and white TV,” EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson said in a statement issued by the agency. The EPA also estimated that if every TV sold in the U.S. met the new standard, it would save $1 billion in energy costs.
The requirements will go into effect Nov. 1 of this year.