Televisions currently consume approximately 50 billion kWh of energy each year, which is 4 percent of the electricity used by households in the United States. The number of televisions, and the amount of power they consume, is growing rapidly.
Currently, there are no mandatory energy efficiency standards or test procedures for televisions. There are voluntary ENERGY STAR® criteria, and some states have mandatory standards for televisions. The Department of Energy (DOE) is now taking steps to establish a new test procedure for televisions, and is analyzing the measures available to reduce their energy consumption.
The Standards and Test Procedures for this product are related to Rulemaking for Televisions Test Procedure.
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DOE published a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking regarding test procedures for televisions. 78 FR 15807 (March 12, 2013). For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage.
Standards for Televisions
Currently there are no energy conservation standards for televisions.
Currently there is not a regulatory test procedure for televisions.
Because there are no energy conservation standards or test procedures for televisions, the provisions of 10 CFR Part 430 and Part 1003 that apply to waivers, exceptions, state exemptions to Federal pre-emption, and small business exemptions are not relevant.
Televisions are listed as covered products under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), but the statute does not require a standard. Moreover, EPCA does not require DOE to undertake rulemakings with regard to televisions according to a prescribed schedule. Instead EPCA provides the Secretary of Energy with discretion to establish an energy conservation standard for televisions by rule. 42 U.S.C. 6295(l)(3)
DOE adopted a test procedure for televisions on June 29, 1979. (44 FR 37938) The test procedure, previously 10 CFR subpart B, Appendix H, was appropriate for measuring the energy efficiency of only analog televisions. The Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005, required the Federal Communications Commission to terminate all licenses for full-power television stations in the analog television service and to require them to stop broadcasting in analog by June 13, 2009. Accordingly, DOE repealed the test procedure on October 20, 2009. (74 FR 53640) DOE is currently conducting a test procedure rulemaking.
Helpful Links and Contact Information
Find tips and guidance for making your home, workplace, or vehicle more energy efficient visit EnergySavers.gov.
DOE supports the testing and verification of ENERGY STAR products in close collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency. ENERGY STAR qualified televisions are on average, over 40 percent more energy efficient than standard models, and the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient Program recognizes televisions with exceptional, inspirational, or leading edge efficiency and performance.
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