Vizio Reveals New Environmental Efforts

Posted by at 10:41 am on April 23, 2010

Vizio has released details of its ‘Using Greener Methods’ environmental program, to demonstrate their commitment to protect the Earth and the environment. The program aims to be a leader in the HDTV market in addressing power consumption and energy standards, development of new, more efficient technologies, use of materials and elimination of hazardous substances, and recycling of old products.

“At Vizio, we take our commitment to minimizing our impact on the environment very seriously, which is why we are continually working to minimize the energy consumption of our products, reduce the amount of material, recycle more material and eliminate the use of hazardous materials,” said Ken Lowe, VP and Co-founder. “We believe that the large number of consumers using our products gives us a special responsibility to the environment, which is why our green methods focus extends throughout every product’s entire life cycle -“ starting in the design process, extending through manufacturing, and continuing through the recycling process once the product is no longer useful.”

All Vizio HDTVs meet Energy Star requirements for low energy consumption both when the sets are active and on standby. For example, their new 22″ HDTV models use much less power than a 40-watt light bulb, and their new 32″ HDTV models use less energy than a 60-watt light bulb. In addition, many of 2010’s new Vizio HDTVs meet the newer, more stringent Energy Star 4.0 specifications that go into effect on May 1, 2010. With Vizio efforts to reduce energy usage with their TVs, Energy Watt Usage savings over Energy Star 3.0 and 4.0 Standards should yield 1.2 Trillion and 377 billion respectively in savings. With America’s average energy cost of $0.0001109 per Watt these could also save Americans $139 million or $42 million dollars respectively for 2010.

In addition to low power consumption, Vizio products use materials that reduce impact on the environment. All Vizio products are compliant with the European Union RoHS (Reduction of Hazardous Substances) directive on materials used in electronic devices. Also, the panel glass used in all LCDs is both Halogen and Arsenic free. All user manuals are printed with vegetable based inks and all HDTV shipping cartons are made from recycled cardboard.

Vizio TruLED and Razor LED technologies not only produce superior black levels, brightness and color, but also reduce energy consumption. In 2010, Vizio HDTV’s using LED backlighting will make up 40% of their total unit sales, which are expected to reach 9 million units. With these 3.6 million HDTVs using far less energy because of their new technology, total annual LCD HDTV energy savings could reach 1,261 million kW hours.   These new LED designs reduce energy consumption even further over CCFL designs, exceeding the current Energy Star guidelines by as much as 50%. Further, all Vizio LED products are even more environmentally friendly because their LED backlights do not utilize any mercury.

Vizio participates nationwide in state and federal programs, meeting all requirements for proper disposal of electronic waste. In partnership with Manufacturers Recycling Management Company (MRM), Vizio makes it simple and easy for consumers to recycle Vizio products at no cost.

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