eldavojohn writes: "It's been nine months since California announced intentions for new regulations for energy consuming televisions in their state but yesterday the California Energy Commission released the first draft (more information from the horse's mouth). If you live in another state, you may be unfamiliar with California's history of mandating power usage among anything from dishwashers to washing machines and other household appliances. This has also led to California pushing to ban incandescent light bulbs. From their FAQ on TV Efficiency Standards: 'The proposed standards have no effect on existing televisions. If approved, they would only apply to TVs sold in California after January 1, 2011. The first standard (Tier 1) would take effect January 1, 2011, and reduce energy consumption by average of 33 percent. The second measure (Tier 2) would take effect in 2013 and, in conjunction with Tier 1, reduce energy consumption by an average of 49 percent.' The Draft from December 2008 is available on their site (with a shorter "Just the Facts" flier for those of you without two hours to burn), no indication if that's what they're going with or if it's been updated since."
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