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Electronic Gadgets Improve Energy Ratings

Energy consumption while electronics are in standby mode also is prompting tighter Energy Star requirements for computers

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electronic energy star electricity savings According to the Department of Energy, 40 percent of electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.

Concern for cutting energy consumption while electronics are in standby mode also is prompting tighter Energy Star requirements for computers, which take effect July 20. For instance, notebook computers must use less than one watt of power or less in standby mode to earn the Energy Star 4.0 designation. Desktop systems must consume two watts of energy or less.

Energy Star qualified products, homes, buildings and services typically are between 10 percent and 90 percent more energy efficient than the conventional counterparts.

RCA has re-engineered products to meet the new Energy Star requirements, including bookshelf audio systems, DVD players and home theater audio systems that now consume less than one watt of power while in standby mode.

The "Smart Packing" RCA Audio/Video initiative will also help save more than 450 tons of plastic during the next two years. The initiative already has saved 81 tons of extra plastic, according to its statements. The new packaging strategy replaces clamshell packaging with smaller, more environmentally-friendly paper gift box containers.

Earlier this year, RCA announced it was developing an energy efficient digital television adapter. Called the DTA800, the adapter receives terrestrially broadcast digital TC signals and converts them for use on a conventional analog TV.

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