This Electric Life

Look for “Energy Forward” for super efficient electronics

If you’re shopping for a new television, desktop computer or monitor, look for the bright orange “Energy Forward” label for products that are at least 30 percent more energy efficient than other models. Many of the TVs, for example, can save consumers hundreds of dollars in energy costs over the life of the unit.

Television use alone in the Northwest consumes nearly 3.7 billion kilowatt-hours each year, according to estimates from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. And that use is growing exponentially. The International Energy Agency estimates that consumer electronics represent 15 percent of worldwide home power demand — with television use a major portion of that. The agency estimates that without major changes, that percentage is expected to triple by 2030.

“If all consumers in the Pacific Northwest purchased these Energy Forward TVs over other models, we could save enough electricity to power all the homes in Seattle and Spokane for one year,” said Stephanie Fleming, senior manager of NEEA’s residential sector. “Northwest consumers would save an estimated $60 million in annual energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of removing 60,000 cars from the road.”

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