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I was shopping for appliances, and it seemed that a lot of models had the blue ENERGY STAR sticker. I thought it was supposed to be hard to get? Follow

It may seem that a lot of products are ENERGY STAR qualified because increased consumer demand for energy efficient products has raised retailer and manufacturer interest in selling products that qualify for ENERGY STAR. In fact, some retailers are asking their suppliers to provide only ENERGY STAR qualified products in certain categories. Increased visibility, along with growing demand, means sales of ENERGY STAR qualified models are going up and ENERGY STAR is transforming the market towards greater efficiency across more than 60 product categories and delivering important greenhouse gas reductions. Keep in mind that while it may seem there are a lot of ENERGY STAR qualified products (say TVs) today, as more and more products meet ENERGY STAR requirements, more and more consumers are getting a product that is energy efficient. And as the market evolves, ENERGY STAR levels are regularly updated so that more stringent requirements become effective. To illustrate this point, let's look at TVs. An average 50 inch Plasma TV used 411 watts prior to 2008. Currently all ENERGY STAR TVs must use 318 watts or less. This summer, to get an ENERGY STAR label, a 50 inch TV will have to use 153 watts, and by July 2012 that same TV will have to use 108 watts or less! EPA, through the ENERGY STAR program, has been instrumental in driving down TV energy usage. On Mode Power Requirements in Watts Screen Size 2008 ENERGY STAR 2010 ENERGY STAR 2012 ENERGY STAR 40 inch 192 107 75 50 inch 318 153 108 60 inch 391 210 108

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