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California Makes It Official: Big TVs Will Need To Be More Energy Efficient

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They'll have to be less hungry.

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California has done something again that other states will likely be watching closely to see if they should follow:

"Power-hungry TVs will be banned from store shelves in California after state regulators adopted a first-in-the nation mandate to lower electricity demand," the Associated Press writes.

The news is not a surprise. Proponents hope, though, that it is a omen of things to come:

"This is a really big deal, because once standards are in effect it will cut California's power bill by $1 billion a year and avoid the need to build a large, 500 megawatt power plant," Noah Horowitz, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told the AP. "We hope in the long term, every TV sold in America will be just as efficient as those sold in California."

The new regulations affect TV screens up to 58 inches and go into effect in 2011. Standards get even tougher in 2013. California's Energy Commission estimates, AP says, that TV's account for about 10% of a home's electricity use.

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