New Energy Efficiency Labels for TVs Starting 2011

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Television shopping will be a little easier starting next year. According to a new amendment to the Federal Trade Commission's Appliance Labeling Rule, any TVs manufactured after May 10, 2011 will have to have an EnergyGuide label on display so consumers know what to expect from different models when it comes to their energy bill.
According to the FTC, the new disclosures include the TV's estimated annual energy cost, and a comparison with the annual energy cost of other TVs with similar screen sizes. Not only will the labels be required on the front of TVs in stores, but also on websites where the TVs are sold.

"Unlike many years ago, before flat screens and plasma, today's televisions vary widely in the amount of energy they use," said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. "By comparing information on the EnergyGuide labels, consumers will be able to make better-informed decisions about which model they choose to buy, based on how much it costs to operate per year."

It's a small but important addition to help consumers make smart choices. It will be interesting to see how much of an impact these labels have on consumer decisions, and if it will encourage consumers to buy more energy-efficient models.

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