On average, your television uses more energy than your fridge.
For this reason, it is important to continually improve the energy efficiency of these appliances, and this is being achieved through the development and enforcement of Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Determinations.
At a glance
Minimum Energy Performance Standards
Energy Rating Label
Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Television) Determination 2013 (No.2)
In Australia, this product is regulated under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012.
In New Zealand, the relevant legislation is the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002. Visit the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority website for more information.
What products are covered?
This Determination covers televisions that are designed for the display and possible reception of television broadcasts and similar services for terrestrial, cable, satellite and broadband network transmission of analogue or digital signals.
Products covered by the Determination must be designed to be connected to 230 or 240 volts mains voltage by either:
- a direct connection
- a power supply permanently connected to the television (including a power supply within the television, as a component and so the user only sees a 230 or 240 volts alternating current supply connection), or
- an external power supply that can be disconnected from the television, can be operated without batteries, and is not specifically for charging batteries.
The Determination includes products with:
- an inbuilt television tuner
- no inbuilt television tuner but sold with an accompanying external television tuner
- additional functions which are not required for the products basic operation as a television.
What products are not covered?
The following products are not covered by this Determination.
- Handheld television sets powered solely from batteries.
- Devices that do not have a television tuner and are not sold with an accompanying external television tuner.
- Front or rear projection display devices.
For technical requirements regarding televisions, including testing requirements and Minimum Energy Performance Standards, review the relevant Determination and standards.
The following standards are referenced in this Determination and are available for purchase from Standards Australia.
- AS/NZS 4665.1:2005 Performance of external power supplies – Test method and energy performance mark.
- AS/NZS 62087.1:2010 Power consumption of audio, video and related equipment - Methods of measurement.
- AS/NZS 62087.2.2:2011 Power consumption of audio, video and related equipment - Minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and energy rating label requirements for television sets.
The versions of the standards that apply are the versions that existed on 30 July 2013, when the Determination came into force.
Minimum Energy Performance Standards
The Minimum Energy Performance Standards for televisions are the requirements in Clause 5.3 of AS/NZS 62087.2.2:2011.
Testing your product
Your product must be tested in accordance with the requirements in section 3 of AS/NZS 62087.2.2:2011.
When testing televisions that are powered by an external power supply that can be disconnected from the television, all energy measurements are to include the energy consumption of the external power supply. This can be accomplished by:
- if an external power supply is supplied with the television — testing the set-top box with that external power supply
- if an external power supply is not supplied with the television — testing the television with an external power supply of Energy Performance Mark III (within the meaning of that term in AS/NZS 4665.1:2005).
For televisions supplied (or offered for supply) in retail stores, each product must have an Energy Rating Label attached so that it is not obscured when the product is displayed.
The label must be attached in a way that discourages removal of the label in store, either attached on the top of the monitor or directly to the screen or mask.
For more information, see section 7 of the Determination and section 4.3 of AS/NZS 62087.2.2:2011.
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