EPA Announces New Energy Star Requirements for Monitors, Photo Frames
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The EPA has announced that computer monitors, digital photo frames and similar display devices will have to be more efficient to earn an Energy Star label - 20% more than conventional options. Computer monitors are a big ticket item where energy efficiency should be maximized. But digital photo frames...you might not think that would matter much. But considering they're getting more and more popular for both home and business use alike, it's great that the energy efficiency standards are being applied to them. In fact, the EPA notes that savings from digital picture frames represent around 10% of the potential energy savings of display devices.
The EPA says the new, more stringent standards for monitors will make a difference:
If all displays sold in the United States meet this new specification, the energy savings would grow to about $1 billion each year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from nearly 1.5 million vehicles.
This is the fifth revision of the standards, and they'll be implemented for <30" displays starting October 30, 2009, and 30-60" displays starting January 1, 2010.
Major manufacturers such as Toshiba and Panasonic are already quickly trying to show off their energy-sipping newer monitors, so it will be interesting to how quickly power consumption requirements for these devices drop.
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