"Consumers may be surprised to learn how little energy today's televisions use," says Perry, "A 55" rear projection television bought five years ago will cost about $200 in energy costs per year. A new 55" flat screen television will cost between $17 and $24 per year."
About 39 million televisions are expected to be shipped to the United States in 2011 according to the Consumer Electronics Association. "Although television energy costs have come down greatly over the years, some TVs still use much more energy than others," says Perry. "The EnergyGuide will help consumers make better buying decisions."
Newer model televisions offer such energy saving features as sensors that recognize when there is no movement in the room. The TV will dim and eventually shut off.
When determining EnergyGuide labeling information, the FTC assumes the average television is on about five hours per day. The new label consists of two main disclosures:
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