EPA has announced new Energy Star standards for TVs, and cable and satellite boxes. Effective September 2011, these products must be 40 percent more efficient than conventional models to qualify for the Energy Star label, according to EPA. Under the new standard, for example, a 60-inch TV must use less than 108 watts, compared to the average 282 watts used by a standard model that size. The new requirements for cable and satellite boxes specify that they enter a deep-sleep mode while not in use, dropping their energy consumption from approximately 16 watts to 2 watts or less.

To earn the Energy Star label, product performance must be certified by an EPArecognized third-party based on testing in an EPA-recognized lab. In addition, product manufacturers must participate in verification testing programs run by recognized certification bodies. See EPA Press Release, March 9, 2011.