SOURCE: Consumer Electronics Association

Consumer Electronics Association

April 19, 2012 09:44 ET

Emerging Trends in Environmentally Friendly Tech

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - Apr 19, 2012) - A survey by the Consumer Electronics Association found 60% of consumers are concerned about their electric bill and energy consumption was the third most important attribute to consumers buying electronics, behind features and price. Yet, most don't understand the huge strides in efficiency electronics have made in recent years.

Along with efficiency gains, consumer electronics are more eco-friendly -- smaller, lighter and more efficient than ever before. For instance, the amount of power needed for LCD TVs fell 63 percent from 2003 to 2010, and declined 41 percent for plasma TVs from 2008 to 2010. At the same time TVs got smaller and lighter. TV manufacturers reduced the weight of TVs 82 percent and volume 72 percent from 2004 to 2010.

Tim Doyle, Senior Manager of Communications for the Consumer Electronics Association, explains how technology innovations have lead to efficiency gains and smaller devices. The CEA is seeing big trends in home energy management systems, more efficient gadgets and even how easy it is to clean out the clutter and recycle our old gadgets and technology products.

Some of the top environmentally friendly tech tools are: a Motorola energy efficient set-top box; the EverSense, which allows the Allure Mobile iOS app to control the temperature of your home while away; the Nest, a home energy management system; and a Guide 10 Plus portable recharger and Nomad 7 solar panel, great for charging handheld devices like iPhones, iPads, GPS systems and cameras on the go.

For more information on energy efficient electronics, and how to recycle your old electronics, please visit www.GreenerGadgets.org.

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