The Federal Trade Commission yesterday released a final rule requiring that manufacturers post labels on televisions that tell consumers how much energy a television is expected to consume over a year. According to the FTC, televisions consume large amounts of energy and that energy usage varies among competing models.
The rule, which becomes effective on May 10 2011, received widespread support from manufacturers, retailers, private individuals, utilities, and environmental advocates.
Specifically, via the use of a label, manufacturers will disclose a television’s estimated annual energy costs and compare a television’s annual energy costs with the energy costs of other televisions with similar sized screens.
Beyond providing a compliance mechanism, this new labeling rule can be of particular benefit to low-income familes who are interested in purchasing a television, but also need to be mindful of their energy expenditures this year. As we transition toward more energy efficient standards nationwide, cost-effective measures such as these that may save consumers money, both on their equipment purchases and in their monthly utility bills, will likely become standard operating procedure among many companies.