California Tightens Energy Rules for Flat-Screen TVs

California Energy Commission votes 5-0 in favor of the nation’s first efficiency regulations for televisions of up to 58 inches sold in the stat

Last Updated: November 18, 2009 @ 9:39 PM

The L.A. Times and everyone else is reporting on California’s Energy Commission cracking down on those energy-bloodsuckers — big, flat-screen TVs.

Almost nobody has one of those.

Here’s what happened in Sacramento today: the commission voted 5-0 in favor of efficiency regulations for televisions up to 58 inches sold in the state.

Here’s the report:  " California moved today to crack down on the sale of energy-gobbling big-screen television sets that now account for about 10% of a typical household’s monthly power bill.

"After nearly two years of study, the California Energy Commission voted 5-0 to approve the nation’s first efficiency regulations for TVs of up to 58 inches sold in the state.

"The new standards for TVs, which take effect Jan. 1, 2011, are similar to those imposed on refrigerators, air conditioners and dozens of other household appliances since the 1970s. The tightened standards do not apply to any of the approximately 35 million television sets currently in use.

"It looks like a very good deal for society," Commissioner Arthur H. Rosenfeld said after the vote, adding that the new regulations would save consumers money, protect the public’s health and reduce the need to build more electric power plants." read the full enchilada here.