New Televisions to Display EnergyGuide Labels starting 2011
EnergyGuide labels will allow television consumers to make more informed decisions
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on October 27 that all televisions manufactured after May 10, 2011 must display EnergyGuide labels so consumers will be better informed when making purchase decisions. The familiar yellow and black labels will provide estimated yearly energy costs as well as how it compares in cost to similar models.
“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.”
When sold in-store, the labels must be visible from the front of the television. Starting July 11, 2011, websites selling televisions will have to display an image of the product's EnergyGuide label.