More or less all popular TV models are now rated G on EU's new, stricter energy scale that is designed to encourage TV makers to develop more energy-efficient displays.
Your TV is now rated G
OLED TV? 4K or 8K? LCD TV with zone dimming LED? LCD with edge-lit LED? Pretty much all TV models are now rated worst of the worst, energy class G, by EU.
FlatpanelsHD has reviewed the consequences of the new energy label for TVs that we introduced in the EU on March 1, 2021 as first reported earlier this week.
The new label includes energy consumption and scale for both SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) and HDR (High Dynamic Range), and now specifies kWh (kilowatt-hour) per 1000 hours – Watt can be deduced directly from the figure on the label (same number as kWh/1000h). You can calculate your expenses (per 1000 hours) by multiplying the kWh figure with your kWh price. If you are watching TV 5 hours per day on average, that would correspond to 1825 hours yearly.
You can get more information on each TV model by scanning the QR code, including data on standby consumption.
If we use a 55-inch TV as an example: To jump from energy class G to F, the 55-inch TV would have to consume less than approx. 80W whereas energy class A would require it to consume less than approx. 30W. Before the changes took effect on March 1, 2021, a 55-inch TV was allowed to consume approx. 110W in energy class A.
After March 2023, EU will tighten its grip further and start to mandate maximum energy levels for TVs, which will affect all TVs but in particular 8K TVs that far exceed the limits that EU has proposed. FlatpanelsHD will be providing more coverage on the subject later.
Below you see energy classes for some popular TV models before and after the changes took effect on March 1, 2021: