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Televisions currently consume approximately 65 billion kWh of energy each year, which is approximately 4-5 percent of the electricity used by households in the United States.

Currently, there are no mandatory energy efficiency standards for televisions. There are voluntary ENERGY STAR® criteria, and some states have mandatory standards for televisions. The Department of Energy (DOE) has finalized a test procedure for televisions.

Recent Updates | Standards | Test Procedures | Waiver, Exception, and Exemption Information | Statutory Authority | Historical Information | Contact Information

Recent Updates

DOE published a final rule regarding test procedures for televisions. 78 FR 63823 (October 25, 2013). For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage.

Standards for Televisions

Currently there are no energy conservation standards for televisions.

Test Procedure for Televisions

DOE published a final rule regarding test procedures for televisions.

For more information, please see the rulemaking webpage.

Waivers, Exceptions, and Exemptions

Test procedure waivers have not been issued for televisions. For information about obtaining test procedure waivers, see 10 CFR section 430.27.

Statutory Authority

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)

Historical Information

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 Accordingly, DOE repealed the test procedure on October 20, 2009.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 conducted a test procedure rulemaking that established a new test procedure for televisions.

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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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