Come October 30th, computer monitors, digital picture frames, and other electronic displays will have to meet stricter standards to qualify for the Energy Star label. EPA estimates that if all displays sold in the United States meet the new specification, the energy savings would grow to about $1 billion each year and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from nearly 1.5 million vehicles.
In issuing the new standards, EPA has expanded the range of display products eligible for the Energy Star label. Now, in addition to computer monitors, digital picture frames and large commercial displays up to 60 inches diagonal (including displays used in restaurants, bars, hotels, clubs, museums and outdoor environments) can also qualify for the label when demonstrated to meet the energy efficiency requirements. Specification for displays less than 30 inches diagonal will be effective Oct. 30, while displays 30-60 inches diagonal will fall under the rule Jan. 1.
Read the EPA press release on the new standards.