In order to qualify for an Energy Star label, computer monitors, digital picture frames and other electronic displays will have to meet more stringent standards by Oct. 30.
In making the rule change, the Environmental Protection Agency aims for Energy Star products to be 20 percent more energy efficient than conventional options, according to a press release.
The EPA estimates a potential for $1 billion in energy savings annually if all displays sold in the United States meet the new requirements. This also would prevent greenhouse gas emissions nearly equivalent to those from 1.5 million cars, EPA said.
This is EPA’s fifth revision of computer monitor requirements under Energy Star.
New this time is the fact expanded the program to include digital picture frames and large commercial displays (up to 60 inches diagonal).
EPA estimates 9.3 million digital picture frames were shipped in 2008 and the number could double by 2015.
Electronic displays used in restaurants, bars, hotels, clubs, museums and outdoor environments in retail or transportation signage also may now apply under the large displays portion.
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.
Some manufacturers have already prepared for the new rules. Computer manufacturer Lenovo’s ThinkVision monitors already meet or exceed the forthcoming EPA’s Energy Star criteria.