Getting Rebates with ENERGY STAR qualified TV

Posted on 30 April 2011

Want to buy new television? Do ensure it is labeled with ENERGY STAR.Large-sized televisions are being produced nowadays. Consequently, the amount of energy used by them may equal to that of a conventional fridge—500 kWh per year.However, the TVs that are qualified by ENERGY STAR consume only one watt when in stand-by mode. The value may differ in on-mode state. This is because of the different screen area and the definition of the TV i.e. non-high, high or full-high. For instance, a 42-inch LCD TV that is qualified by ENERGY STAR consumes 179 kWh a year.


While, an ENERGY STAR verified plasma TV, having the screen of same size, uses 188 kWh in one year on average. Similarly, an LCD TV with screen size of 60 inches has a consumption of 257 kWh a year, and a 58-inch plasma TV gives a maximum consumption of 318 kWh per year normally.

Apart from these ENERGY STAR verified TVs with low consumption, some other ones are being produced with external power supplies (EPS), also called as power adapters by some. These are also energy sufficient products as they are bound to be certified by ENERGY STAR regulations for EPS devices.

Energy performance is not the only thing to consider, there is many a feature that must be in one’s mind while they are on a shopping spree to buy a television set.

Screen Displays

The technologies that are used by ENERGY STAR verified TVs for displaying are not as same as by the conventional CRT TV. This makes them super-slim and less heavy than usual TVs.

One thing should be kept in mind at this stage that the terminology ‘flat screen’ can be a reason of one’s confusion as it does not necessarily mean ENERGY STAR qualified TV—contemporary CRT editions also offer flat screen sets.

Flat-screen Display

Rebates with ENERGY STAR qualified TV

Technically speaking, flat-screen display only means that the surface of the screen is plane. The TV with flat screen does not always mean that it must be a plasma TV, have thin body or must be using LCD technology. There do exist flat-screen CRT TVs and tend to be cheaper than their counterparts—flat-screen plasma and LCDs—however, they tend to be more costly than standard CRT sets. Though less glaring, flat-screen CRT sets do not display as good picture as do the plasma TVs and LCDs. At present, CRT TVs are not available with ENERGY STAR label.

Plasma TVs

Plasma—a gas—that is used by these TVs cause the pixels to brighten and shine, thus forming an image on the TV screen. A plasma TV has emissive display and self-lightning panel is used.


An LCD TV has transmissive display. Bulbs, as a source of light, are used in order to generate images on the screen.

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) will be associating with the retail outlets that are participating in order to encourage ENERGY STAR verified TVs in a few days’ time. Woot!





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