Consumers Encouraged to Look for Energy-Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Energy Star(R) Digital TV Conversion Boxes

March 6, 2009

WASHINGTON, March 4 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. households will have additional time to prepare for the switch to all-digital TV with the passage of the new DTV Delay Act, which postpones the digital television transition to June 12, 2009.

However, Americans with analog televisions who do not subscribe to cable or satellite services will still need a digital-to-analog (DTA) converter box in order to continue receiving television broadcasts.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages consumers to save on their energy bills and help fight global warming by looking for the ENERGY STAR when buying a DTA converter box. If all DTA converter boxes sold in the U.S. met the ENERGY STAR specification, Americans could:

  • Save approximately 13 billion kWh and over $1 billion in energy costs over the lifetime of the products
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking more than 1 million cars off the road.

EPA estimates that conventional DTAs could consume more than 3 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) per year and cost Americans $270 million annually in electricity costs. DTA converter boxes that have earned the ENERGY STAR consume no more than 8 watts in On Mode and 1 watt in Sleep Mode and they automatically power down after 4 hours or less of user inactivity.

For a list of ENERGY STAR qualified DTA converter boxes, visit www.energystar.gov , click on “Products” and “Digital-to-Analog Converter Boxes.” For information about the TV Converter Box Coupon Program, visit www.dtv2009.gov or call 1-888-DTV-2009.

What else can consumers do to save?

Consumers may also choose to purchase a new digital television, or subscribe to a cable or satellite service requiring a set-top box in order to receive digital TV signals. Whichever option they choose, ENERGY STAR qualified products will help save energy, money and the environment.

  • ENERGY STAR qualified TVs are up to 30 percent more efficient than conventional models. If all TVs sold in the U.S. meet ENERGY STAR requirements, energy savings would grow to about $1 billion a year–reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of about 1 million cars.
  • New cable, satellite and telecom set-top boxes are at least 30 percent more efficient than conventional models. If all set-top boxes sold in the U.S. were ENERGY STAR qualified, Americans could save about $2 billion each year on energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from about 2.5 million vehicles.

For more information on how to minimize the digital transition’s impact on energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions, consumers can go to www.energystar.gov/products.


ENERGY STAR was introduced by EPA in 1992 as a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. The ENERGY STAR label is now the national symbol for energy efficiency recognized by more than 75 percent of Americans. In 2008 alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved more than $19 billion on their utility bills while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of 29 million vehicles. For more information, visit: http://www.energystar.gov

SOURCE U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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