Energy Star 4.0 specs get tough on HDTVs, 5.0 will be even tougher
To acquire the new Energy Star 4.0 blue badge, HDTV manufacturers will have to do a bit more than the past few years in proving dedication to environmental and energy-saving matters. In fact, now that the new standard is effective, HDTVs will only be able to max out at 60% of 3.0's energy consumption standards. That means a 50-inch HDTV will only be able to consumer 153 Watts compared to the old 318. Furthermore, 4.0 sets can only draw less than a Watt when in sleep or standby mode.
Really this is no big deal. Many of bigger names in HDTV like Samsung and Vizio already have sets on the market that meet the Energy Star 4.0 standard. On May 1, 2012, however, Energy Star 5.0 will come into effect making things even tougher. Manufacturers still aiming for the blue badge will have to cut Wattage for a 50-inch HDTV to only 108 Watts.
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Posted by Justin Davey at May 4, 2010 6:55 PM