Originally published on Sustainnovate.
The Clean Energy Ministerial’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative this week launched an international competition to identify the most energy-efficient flat-panel televisions in the world.
Television (TV) energy efficiency has improved a great deal in the past few decades, but there’s still a wide difference between the most energy-efficient and least energy-efficient TVs on the market. The key benefit of this competition is that it will show to consumers which flat-panel TVs are most efficient, helping them to make better purchasing decisions.
“The Global Efficiency Medal competition is part of the SEAD Initiative’s ambitious efforts to reduce energy use on a global scale,” a press release about the competition stated. “Televisions account for 3 to 4 percent of global residential electricity consumption. In the first SEAD competition for flat-panel televisions, held in 2012, SEAD global award-winning products were 33-44% more efficient than televisions with similar technology.”
Aside from making it easier for consumers to find energy-efficient TVs, the competition also pushes manufacturers to innovate and produce more efficient televisions.
“Manufacturer innovation is rapidly changing television markets,” said Chad Gallinat, Ph.D., Chair of the SEAD Initiative’s Awards Working Group. “The competition will distinguish manufacturers that combine innovation for high quality and cutting-edge features with energy-efficient solutions that help consumers save energy and cut back on electric bills.”
Manufacturers have until March 31, 2015, to nominate their products for the SEAD competition. Winners will be announced in September 2015 and receive awards at an international awards ceremony in early 2016. For more information about the competition, go to: www.superefficient.org/TVAwards2015.
When my wife and I were last looking for a TV, I was disappointed at how difficult it was to compare the efficiency of all the TVs on the market, but I was also impressed at how much more efficient they had become. Next time around, I’m happy to see that I will be able to reference the Clean Energy Ministerial’s SEAD ranking.
Reprinted with permission.