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Bill could save Washington residents millions

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The NW Energy Coalition is urging the state Senate to pass a bill that would save Washington residents millions of dollars on their electricity bills by requiring new TVs to be energy efficient.

The proposal would require TVs to use a third less energy by 2011 and half as much by 2013. This will save Washington residents more than $25 million dollars annually in electricity costs by 2020, according to the Independent Appliance Standards Awareness Project. The bill would also cut electricity waste by 45 annual average megawatts, according to ASAP, which is equal to the output of 60 wind turbines. The bill would also stop manufacturers from "dumping" inefficient models that cannot be sold in states with efficiency standards on unsuspecting Washington consumers.

Sara Patton, Executive Director for the NW Energy Coalition, says the new TVs are major energy hogs. "They use about 43% more energy than the old tube TV and that's more than some refrigerators. The TV and the set top boxes account for as much as 10% of house hold energy use," said Patton.

Patton adds if you are looking to buy a TV be sure to look at the labeling. The most energy efficient TVs are labeled energy star and are generally LCD or LED televisions.

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