WASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With televisions 33 to 44% more efficient than those with similar technologies, Samsung and LG took top awards at the first-ever SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition for flat-panel televisions. The global awards program encourages the production and sale of super-efficient equipment, appliances and electronics, focusing on products with significant global energy consumption and energy savings potential. The competition will spur innovation among manufacturers and encourage consumer adoption of top performing models.
The first competition identifies the most energy efficient commercially available flat-panel televisions in the world – in three different sizes – and recognizes one television with the most energy efficient emerging technology.
The commercially available winning products use 33 to 44% less energy than televisions with comparable technology. The emerging technology winner is 59% more efficient than comparable televisions on the market today.
“We have seen drastic improvements in TV energy efficiency over the last years, but the winning manufacturers demonstrate that the potential for improvement remains large,” says Peter Bennich of the Swedish Energy Agency.
Adoption of these more efficient models means consumers can realize significant savings on their electricity bills. Globally, televisions account for 3 to 4% of residential electricity consumption. If all televisions sold were as efficient as the SEAD award-winning models, more than 84 billion kilowatt-hours of energy could be saved worldwide each year by 2020 – enough to power New York City for nearly a year and a half.
SEAD Global Winners
The Samsung UN26EH4000F received the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal in the small-size (less than 29 in.) category.
Two Samsung models, the UE40EH5000W and UN40EH5000F, tied as the global winner in the medium-size (29 in. to less than 42 in.) category.
The LG 47LM670S received the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal in the large-size (42 in. and above) category.
Global Emerging Technology Winner
An LG 47-inch backlit LCD prototype TV won the SEAD Global Efficiency Medal in the emerging technology category. It will be commercially available worldwide within the next two years.
SEAD will recognize the winning products at an international awards ceremony in early 2013 as part of the annual Clean Energy Ministerial meeting taking place in New Delhi, India. SEAD member governments are working with manufacturers, retailers, and other energy efficiency stakeholders to make it easy for consumers to identify these award winning products.
SEAD also recognized regional winners. In North America, the most energy efficient TVs commercially available are:
- Samsung UN26EH4000F in the small-size category;
- Samsung UN40EH5000F in the medium-size category; and
- LG 47LM6700 in the large-size category.