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Beyond Energy Star for TVs?
Energy Forward program in Northwest IDs the best in efficient televisions.
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December 13, 2011 by Steven Castle

You’ve probably heard of Energy Star standards that designate energy-efficient TVs. Maybe you’ve seen the new Energy Guide labels on TVs in retail environments so you can compare electricity usage. But folks in the northwest United States go one step further, with an Energy Forward program that identifies the most efficient of energy-efficient TVs.

Consumers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana can seek an orange Energy Forward sticker that identifies the best of the best in TV energy efficiency—including some of the sets we’ve featured. Lists of retailers and super energy-efficient televisions, is available at EnergyEfficienctElectronics.org, which points to TopTen’s list of most efficient TVs.

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), in collaboration with Northwest utilities, energy efficiency organizations and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), created Energy Forward to help consumers identify the most energy-efficient, technologically advanced televisions on the market.

This is a great idea to help consumers find the most energy-efficient TVs. Not that Energy Star isn’t good, but that program is designed to designate the 25 percent to 30 percent most efficient products available. Energy Forward identifies that best of the best. See the criteria here.

At the start of 2011, energy-efficient TVs that were promoted with the Energy Forward sticker represented 12 percent of televisions sold in the Northwest by participating retailers. NEEA anticipates that by the end of 2011, 35 to 40 percent of TVs sold in the region will be Energy Forward. Moreover, from 2009 through 2010, NEEA’s regional television initiative saved the region approximately 13.7 average megawatts in energy savings, the equivalent to powering 10,453 homes each year.

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Steven Castle - Contributing Writer
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates.

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