If you've been shopping for appliances in the past year, we're sure you've noticed those yellow EnergyGuide labels. They're required by the Federal Trade Commission to show consumers exactly how much energy—and money—their new refrigerator is going to eat up after a year of use. But if you've been paying attention, you know that one of the biggest power suckers in the house is the TV, which hasn't fallen under the FTC's label law—until now.
Following in lightbulbs' footsteps, TVs are next device to fall under the FTC's label requirements.
Every TV made after May 10, 2011 will carry a yellow label that estimates that appliance's power consumption in dollars and cents and tells you how it stacks up against other choices.
The labels must appear on the front of the TV in brick and mortar stores. Then, after July 11, online retailers will have to post the label for every set they offer.
It's just one more tool for us green superheros to use in our battle against power suckers. Some other ways to make your TV more energy efficient? Calibrate it and turn down the brightness, then check to see if your model has a power-saving mode.