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California restrict TV energy consumption

California restrict TV energy consumption

The California Energy Commission have adopted a new set of rules to demand that manufacturers cut the power demands of televisions by almost 50%. They have until 2013 to comply with these restrictions.

Calculations show that consumers will save $8.1 billion in energy costs over a 10 year period as a result of these restrictions and the panel involved have also detailed information that these energy savings should help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3 million metric tons per year. Almost the same as removing half a million cars from the roads.

Electronics experts have stated concerns however that this move could hinder innovation and leave Californian residents without access to new higher powered technologies.

Gov Arnold Schwarzenegger was said to be fully behind the new restrictions and they had the full backing of Pacific Gas and Electric Co as well.

These regulations will only apply to TV sets under 58 inches in size and the new rules will be enforced in two stages. By 2011 the reduction must be 33% and by 2013 49%. The average punter will save anything from $18 a year to just over $30.

“It is the real, achievable policies like the first-in-the-nation standards adopted by the Energy Commission today that have made California a world leader in the fight against climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” Schwarzenegger told the press.

According to the commission they said there are already over 1,000 televisions on the market today which comply with the 2011 regulations and over 300 which meet 2013 standards.

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