JVC announces in a press release that its current line of LCD TVs not only meets the ENERGY STAR 3.0 standards for energy use, but exceeds the qualifications by 29–60 percent (depending on the TV). ENERGY STAR qualification is awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to products that meet or exceed standards of energy efficiency. Energy efficient products save users money on their monthly energy bills and produce less greenhouse gas emissions.
The press release continues by saying that in the 32” class, JVC is tied for the most efficient and has the next three most efficient sets. In the 40–42” and the 46-47” classes, JVC has the top four most efficient sets. Last but not least, in the 50–52” class JVC has the top three most efficient LCDs.
According to energystar.gov, as of Nov. 1, 2008, in order to meet the new ENERGY STAR 3.0 standards, TVs are required to pass more stringent qualifications than in the past—not only must TVs consume 1 watt or less in standby mode, but they must also be efficient during use. The site says that ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use about 30 percent less energy than standard units.
The ENERGY STAR site say that “There are about 275 million TVs currently in use in the U.S., consuming over 50 billion kWh of energy each year — or 4 percent of all households’ electricity use. This is enough electricity to power all the homes in the state of New York for an entire year.”