October’s Energy Awareness Month, as fellow MNN blogger Matt Hickman’s pointed out — and soon, being energy-aware about our television will likely get easier, thanks to my home state California!
After all, previous energy-efficiency standards applied to everything from refrigerators to air conditioners have shown that setting high standards leads to more eco-friendly appliances and gadgets — without hurting the economy. Reports the L.A. Times:
If all TVs met state standards, [energy commission staff engineer Ken] Rider added, California could avoid the $600-million cost of building a natural-gas-fired power plant. Switching to more-efficient TVs could have an estimated net benefit to the state of $8.1 billion, the commission staff reported.
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