Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy have changed.

By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to the new Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

Energy labels coming to TVs in 2011

tv_label.top.gifThe new rules require EnergyGuide labels for all TVs made after May 10, 2011. By Julianne Pepitone, staff reporter


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- All new televisions will soon include labels that estimate the TV's annual energy cost, and compare its consumption to that of other models, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday.

The rule will go into effect for all TVs made after May 10, 2011. The requirement is an expansion of the FTC's appliance labeling rule, which previously applied to other consumer electronics like washing machines and refrigerators.

The FTC expanded the EnergyGuide rules to help consumers make better-informed decisions as competition in the TV market heats up, FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a statement.

"Unlike many years ago, before flat screens and plasma, today's televisions vary widely in the amount of energy they use," Leibowitz said.

The black-and-yellow labels must be visible from the front of the device.

Online retailers that sell TVs will also be required to display a full image of the EnergyGuide label for each model, starting July 11, 2011.

The FTC started the EnergyGuide label program in 2007. The commission said it voted 5-0 to expand the rules to TVs. To top of page

Search for Jobs

Index Last Change % Change
Dow 20,712.25 50.95 0.25%
Nasdaq 5,831.03 9.39 0.16%
S&P 500 2,352.31 3.86 0.16%
Treasuries 2.42 0.02 0.96%
Data as of 2:39pm ET
Company Price Change % Change
Bank of America Corp... 23.20 0.26 1.12%
Ford Motor Co 11.68 -0.09 -0.79%
Advanced Micro Devic... 13.97 -0.13 -0.90%
Chesapeake Energy Co... 5.18 0.18 3.63%
Micron Technology In... 26.39 0.33 1.27%
Data as of 2:24pm ET
Sponsors

Sections

Now Sears has officially said its business has an uncertain future, here's a look at photographs that documents the store's rich history. More

Homebuilders and other companies with ties to housing are noting an uptick in housing demand this year thanks to a healthy job market and hope for lower taxes. Prices are rising too, but few are worried another bubble is looming. More

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to approve a proposed rule that would make it easier for phone companies to crack down on robocalls. More

Your credit score plays a major role in your personal finances. The better the score, the better it is for your wallet. Here's how to help get it above the 800 mark. More