California Crafting New Energy Efficiency Standards that Include Video Games

California state regulators want video games and other devices to be more energy efficient and are making some moves towards creating regulations, according to an LA Times report. The state has in the past put strict regulations in place for household appliances, furnaces, air conditioners and big-screen televisions to use less energy. If they have their way video game consoles from Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo, along with set-top cable boxes, computers, lighting and pool and spa pumps and motors will soon be under the same restrictions.

The simple fact is energy efficiency saves consumers money," said Andrew McAllister, a member of the California Energy Commission. "Since 1978, energy efficiency standards have saved California ratepayers $74 billion in electricity costs."

The commission is crafting efficiency standards by using information on 15 new products to ensure that these new standards are as up-to-date as possible.

While these new regulations may scare any company that manufactures these items, the new rules won't be voted on until 2014 so there's plenty of time to have a public debate on them. If approved they would not go into effect until 2015.

The Consumer Electronics Association, an organization that represents manufactures of various electronic items, says that it hopes that the commission will develop "a new collaborative process" and will be less "inflexible" than they’ve been in the past.

Source: LA Times

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