Q: What is Energy Forward?
Created by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) in partnership with Northwest utilities, ENERGY STAR® and select retailers, "Energy Forward" points shoppers to the most energy efficient electronics on the market today. Energy Forward televisions are engineered to be the best of ENERGY STAR®.
Q: Will I sacrifice performance by buying Energy Forward televisions?
Super energy-efficient televisions are on the cutting edge of technology and perform as well as or better than less efficient televisions.
Q: Are televisions with the orange Energy Forward sticker the same as ENERGY STAR®?
Products labeled with Energy Forward stickers are engineered to be the best of ENERGY STAR®. So only the most efficient ENERGY STAR® products qualify for an Energy Forward designation.
Q: Why don't some ENERGY STAR® rated electronics have the orange Energy Forward sticker on them?
To qualify for the orange Energy Forward sticker, the unit must be among the most energy-efficient ENERGY STAR® electronics. View the current list of the most energy-efficient televisions here.
Q: Where can I purchase televisions carrying the Energy Forward sticker?
Retailers representing 84 percent of TVs sold in the Northwest are partnering with NEEA to promote Energy Forward TVs, including Best Buy, Costco, Kmart, Sam's Club, Sears, Target and Walmart. Visit the Store Finder page
to find a participating retail store near you. Or join the Energy Forward community on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/energyefficientelectronics
Q: What if my local retailer doesn't have any televisions with the Energy Forward sticker?
Encourage your retailer to participate in the program or visit the Store Finder page
of this website to find a participating retailer in your area.
Q: Do energy-efficient televisions cost more?
Energy Forward televisions are the most technologically advanced models on the market. In some cases, superior technology and maximum performance over the life of the TV may increase the price. But greater efficiency is part of the package, not an "extra" that adds to the cost.
Q: How much can I save on my electricity bill with an Energy Forward TV?
On average, a 46-inch HDTV carrying the Energy Forward “Most Efficient” label can save consumers up to $200 in energy savings over 10 years compared to less efficient models of the same size. A 55-inch can save consumers up to $285.
Q: What else besides saving money should motivate me to choose an Energy Forward TV?
Energy Forward TVs represent the best technology on the market. If all consumers in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington chose an Energy Forward television over a less efficient model, the region could save enough electricity to power more than 290,000 homes each year.
Q: What is the energy savings potential for TVs and other consumer electronics?
According to the International Energy Agency, personal computers, mobile phones, televisions and other consumer electronics represent 15 percent of worldwide home power demand. Without major changes in current trends, the agency expects that percentage to triple over the next 20 years. In the Northwest, TVs and other electronics represent the fastest-growing share of home power demand. That share is expected to exceed 20 percent by 2030 -- double where it stood in 2008, according to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council.
Q: How has TV energy consumption changed in recent years?
Before the launch of NEEA's regional television initiative, a 42-inch flat-screen TV consumed 188 watts (per hour). Today's Energy Forward-qualified 42-inch flat-screen TV consumes only 56 watts (per hour).
Q: Are sales of super-efficient TVs increasing in the Northwest?
At the start of 2011, super-efficient TVs that qualified for the Energy Forward sticker represented 12 percent of televisions sold in the Northwest by participating retailers. NEEA anticipates that by the end of 2011, 35 to 40 percent of TVs sold in the region will be Energy Forward-qualified.
Q: How much energy has NEEA's regional television initiative and Energy Forward saved?
NEEA estimates that since 2009, the initiative has saved the Northwest approximately 13.7 average megawatts in energy savings, the equivalent to powering 10,453 homes each year.
Q: Why do some Energy Forward materials have two or more utility companies listed?
Some stores may have more than one utility company serving customers in that area.
Q: Who certifies that a television is Energy Forward?
The non-profit Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA), with utilities and select retailers, developed the criteria for Energy Forward TVs. These super-efficient televisions are engineered to be the best of ENERGY STAR.
Q: Are Energy Forward stickers posted on any other consumer electronics?
Not at this time.
Q: Who makes Energy Forward televisions?
Samsung, Vizio and LG are among the major manufacturers that produce TVs that qualify for Energy Forward. A full product list can be found here
Q: What is the Energy Guide label?
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that televisions manufactured after May 10, 2011 must display a label that provides the estimated energy cost in dollars to operate the TV for one year. The FTC developed the EnergyGuide label with a minimum and maximum energy cost based on television size. However, with the rapid changes in the electronics market, manufacturers continue to improve on energy efficiency and deliver TVs that cost even less per year to operate than the minimum stated on the label. Customers who want to purchase the most energy-efficient models on the market today should look for those with the Energy Forward sticker. More information about EnergyGuide is available from the FTC
Q: What is NEEA?
The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is a non-profit organization working to maximize energy efficiency to meet our future energy needs. NEEA is supported by and works in partnership with the Bonneville Power Administration, Energy Trust of Oregon and more than 100 Northwest utilities for the benefit of more than 12 million energy consumers. NEEA uses the market power of the region to accelerate the innovation and adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices. Since 1997, NEEA and its partners have saved enough energy to power more than 450,000 homes each year. Energy efficiency can satisfy more than half of our new demand for energy, saving money, and keeping the Northwest a healthy and vibrant place to live. For more information, visit neea.org