View Full Version : TVs using too much energy in "Paradise"

04-17-2009, 10:41 PM
Do you live in CA and have a big plasma TV? Look out, you're on the hit list...

From The Sacramento Bee (http://www.sacbee.com/weintraub/story/1771919.html): Those big-screen televisions that became the must-have electronics item in every hip restaurant, bar and living room before the economy crashed have drawn the attention of state energy regulators, who say the appliances draw too much juice from the grid and need to go on a diet.

The California Energy Commission is considering rules that would ban the sale of televisions in the state that do not meet new energy-efficiency standards by 2011 and even tougher rules two years later.

The idea came from the Energy Commission staff with a healthy assist from Pacific Gas and Electric Co., one of the state's largest utilities. The company says big, flat-screen televisions use far more power than their cathode-ray predecessors, pushing the electricity consumption of the state's 35 million TVs almost one for every man, woman and child in California to 10 percent of all the power used in the home.

The industry is divided. A trade group for the LCD television manufacturers supports the new rules and says their members are ready to meet the standards today. Vizio, which makes both LCD and plasma televisions, says it would support an even quicker timeline for implementing the standards than the Energy Commission has in mind. And 3M, which makes components that improve the energy efficiency of flat-screen TVs, also supports the standard.

But several manufacturers and the Consumer Electronics Association, another trade group, strongly oppose the new rules. Doug Johnson, the CEA's director of technology policy, says the changes would effectively ban the sale of 25 percent of LCD and plasma big- screen televisions, and 100 percent of the current plasma models with a screen size larger than 60 inches. Newly emerging products, including 3D-HDTV and Internet- enabled televisions could be delayed or squelched if they can't comply with the new rules.

04-18-2009, 08:22 AM
Envy is such an ugly thing. Ugh. ;(

04-19-2009, 02:02 PM
Big screen plasmas are gong to be banned in the UK very soon. They are bad for the environment.

Mike S
04-19-2009, 03:20 PM
Big screen plasmas are gong to be banned in the UK very soon. They are bad for the environment.

Prolly create a black market for plasma TVs just like what happened when they switched to low water consumption toilets. (The ones that used 1/3 the water but took 5 flushes to clear.)