About Energy Labels for TVs

Starting in May of 2011, TVs sold in the United States will bear EnergyGuide labels like the ones found on appliances. Yep, we’re talking about those ugly yellow and black labels—though the ones on TVs will be smaller. Since we in Bermuda buy most of our TVs from the United States we will be seeing these yellow stickers soon too.

Things to Know:

  1. The ruling affects all TVs manufactured after May 10, 2011 and starts at that date for retail stores. Print catalogs and Internet sites that sell TVs directly must display energy information or the label starting July 11, 2011
  2. The labels will have the familiar black type on yellow backgrounds and will not be as large as those found on appliances. They will be either horizontal or vertical rectangles that fit on a TV’s bezel, or a triangle that will appear in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. The label will display the TV’s estimated annual energy cost and a visual comparison of how its efficiency compares to similarly sized models, as well as yearly estimated annual electricity usage. The estimated annual cost is based on 11 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) and 5 hours daily use (along with 19 hours per day in standby mode). The estimated yearly electricity use will be displayed in kWh.  **BELCO has an average of about 23 cents per Kilowatt hour**
  4. If the TV is rated as an efficient Energy Star model, the Energy Star logo may be displayed. Labels will also display the manufacturer’s name and model number.
  5. The label’s annual energy calculations do not have to include the energy consumed by integrated functions such as DVD players, nor do they require a disclosure that the integrated functions’ energy use is not included.
  6. The labels will compare televisions of similar screen sizes in 4-to-5-inch increments. This places only one or two commonly sold screen sizes in each category. “Because consumers tend to shop by screen sizes, categories allowing them to easily compare energy costs for the same screen sizes should help them choose among the models that interest them.
  7. Testing of TVs will follow the test procedure used for qualifying Energy Star TVs. Manufacturers don’t have to test each basic model annually; they must retest only if the product design changes in such a way as to affect energy consumption.
  8. United States Internet sellers must display the full EnergyGuide label. This can be done via a link, but any such hyperlink must be in the form of a distinctive icon with the EnergyGuide logo in black and yellow. The label or icon must appear clearly and conspicuously and in close proximity to the product price.
  9. Direct-sale print catalogs have the option of stating the annual energy cost and not including the comparison scale or the full label.
  10.  Labels on boxes are not required. However, manufacturers may choose to label the boxes of small televisions (such as those with screens up to 9 inches), rather than the televisions themselves.


How much are you paying to watch TV?

Aside from Cablevision, WOW or Dish the one of the largest unexpected expenses to your television viewing could be BELCO!  But if you have purchased a new LCD or LED TV in the last year this price might be going down as much as 90% in some instances. 

 The Consumer Electronic Association in the USA have been tracking television energy consumption and their studies have shown that LED and LCD displays ranging from 13”-65” are helping us save both money and the planet.  A few of their published highlights concluded: 

  • LCD active power use fell 63 percent from 2003 to 2010.
  • LCD standby power use dropped 87 percent from 2004 to 2010.
  • Plasma TV active power use dropped 41 percent from 2008 to 2010.
  • Plasma TV standby use fell 85 percent from 2008 to 2010.

 The CEA have also said that some high energy efficient tvs consumer less than a 100watt light bulb per hour!  If you are interested in learning more about the study and visit the CEA’s website.


2011 Diet Resolution

2011 Diet Resolution

It is a New Year and with that many people make resolutions.  Diets are among the number one resolutions out there, but how about trying one that not only benefits you- but the island as a whole! That is right – how about putting you and your family (and you company for that matter) on an Energy Diet!

Most people can say that they have left the house and have forgotten to turn off an outdoor light, or have left a boardroom and have forgotten to turn off the TV, lights or projector.  Mistakes happen and we get busy and that is when we should use technology to control our spaces and help us save money!

We urge all of our lighting systems clients to carefully think about their lighting programming and think about the ways that we can re programme your lighting systems to help save money on your BELCO bill and reduce energy consumption.

 Ask yourself questions like:

  • Are my lights programmed on timers?
  • Do my outdoor lights stay on too long?
  • Can I do with using the lights at 90% of the wattage?
  • Are my lights programmed to turn off at a certain time just in case they are left on?
  • Are there any unnecessary lights in my lighting scenes?
  • Am I or someone else constantly forgetting to turn off a light?

If you are finding that you are losing money and wasting energy with your lighting system we urge you to contact us so that we can help you stay committed to an Energy Diet.  A simple programme change can save you hundreds in the long run.

If you do not have a programmable lighting system in your home or office you can still commit to the energy diet by installing the following:

  • Lighting Timers – located at ESC
  • Photocell switches- that only turn lights on in darkness
  • Sensor switches – that only turn on lights when motion is detected

Along with lighting we must stay conscious of appliances and electronics that we use on a daily bases.  High efficiency appliances can cost more- but are well worth it in lower utilities. When it is time to replace an appliance make sure that you spend that extra couple of hundred dollars on an energy efficient appliance as it will save you in the long run.

Other areas where you can save energy besides appliances:

  • LED Televisions
  • LED lighting
  • Water pump timers – or unplug it while on vacation
  • Unplugging charging equipment that is not in use
  • Shutting down your computer when not in use

Be very careful of compact fluorescent bulbs- although they save energy most of them contain mercury which is very harmful to the environment then they are disposed.  Instead look into LED lighting for a long life and lower disposal pollution. 

Most importantly remember to turn off lighting or electronics that are not needed.  Be reasonable about your energy consumption.  A little bit over a long time adds up! Your yearly payments to BELCO can be reduced if you and your family commit to an Energy Diet this year.

Ashley Roberts| Precise Systems


Go Green


Precise Systems would like to encourage you to GO GREEN!

It is best for both the environment and you! Help preserve this beautiful island home Bermuda, and in return do your part in helping the globe.


Reasons to GO GREEN:


You will increase the value of your house

There’s a growing buzz among buyers about eco-friendly homes. And what’s not to like: Green homes use sustainable materials that are better for the environment, and have lower utility bills and healthful air. That means you’ll boost your home’s value with big and small eco-friendly projects. So whether you splurge on total home consumption monitoring system or install a lighting control system to control watt usage, you’ll have that much-needed edge with buyers when you sell your home

The savings that you make will add up

The amount of money you will save with simple, little changes can be astonishing. Simply by installing tightly sealed insulation, you could save a wad of cash. By simply programming your automation system to only use 90%max power of lights, and to turn down or off the cooling during the times you are not in the house will save you alot, and you will see it in your BELCO bill.

We live on a beautiful island, let’s keep it that way

Even if you do not have a home automation system yet you can do your part in helping to keep Bermuda and the environment healthy and clean for your generation and then proceeding ones. Trying energy saving light bulbs, turn off on needed lights, don’t run air conditioning in empty spaces. Electricity consumption puts toxins in the air, reduce as much as you can and use sunlight whenever you can.



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