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Televisions are responsible for 3 to 4 percent of global residential electricity consumption. As TV screens get larger and the number of TVs per household continues to rise, the need for energy-efficient technology is more important than ever.

Most consumers replace their televisions every 10 years. We have an opportunity to cost-effectively save electricity by ensuring that the next televisions purchased by consumers are as energy efficient as possible.

If all TVs sold were as efficient as the award-winning TVs from the SEAD Initiative’s first Global Efficiency Medal competition in 2012, electricity savings globally would be more than 84 TWh annually by 2020. SEAD global award-winning products were 33-44% more efficient than TVs with similar technology.

SEAD Global Efficiency Medal

The 2015 SEAD Global Efficiency Medal competition will recognize and award the world's most energy efficient televisions.


The SEAD Initiative conducts technical and policy research to support development of ambitious energy efficiency policies and programs for TVs.