The Plasma Display Coalition (PDC) has announced that new plasma televisions from Hitachi, LG Electronics, Panasonic and Pioneer have been certified to meet new Energy Star rating requirements.<br /><br />A total of 43 models were placed on the EPA's list of qualifying high-defintion television (HDTV) sets. <br /><br />In November, the EPA announced tighter Energy Star standards that, in order to qualify for the new"on mode" criteria, a 42-inch plasma can't consume more than 208 watts.<br /><br />The certification also stipulates that when televisions are in"standby mode" they can't use more than a single watt of energy. <br /><br />The Plasma Display Coalition points out that these new energy efficient ratings are another reason for consumers to replace their older televisions.<br /><br /><p align=center><img class="imgresponsive" src=pictures/pioneerenergystar.jpg><br><i>Pioneer plasma Tv</i></p><br />- <i>"While wildly popular in the 1990s, most 36-inch CRT televisions and larger tube-based projection TV sets typically consume at least 250 watts of energy, if not more. New models offer consumers bigger screen sizes with superior high-definition viewing that are dramatically more efficient than older sets with traditional tubes,"</i> says Jim Palumbo, president of the Plasma Display Coalition. <br /><br />- <i>"You can actually save energy and money by investing in a new energy efficient Plasma HDTV. For example, if you replace your 36-inch tube TV that's using 250 watts with a larger and most efficient 42-inch 720p Plasma HDTV that is Energy Star rated, you can cut your TV power consumption by more than 35 percent."</i><br /><br />According to the EPA, if all televisions sold in the U.S. met the new Energy Star requirements, energy cost savings would grow to about $1 billion annually.