According to new research from the NRDC (Natural resources defence council), if each TV set in the US larger than 36 inches was replaced by a new model UHD television, the result would be 8 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) in additional electricity use per year.
Alarmingly, that’s equivalent to as much electricity as 2.5 large (500 megawatt) power plants produce annually — three times the amount of electricity consumed by all of the homes in San Francisco annually.
The research suggests that UHD adoption could potentially undoi some of the hard-earned television energy savings achieved over the past decade, and engender an additional $1 billion in extra annual energy costs to consumers to operate their televisions, as well as 5 million extra metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution.
The NRDC claims the national energy and environmental consequences of the transition will be profound unless key changes are made to government test procedures, efficiency metrics, labeling specifications, and mandatory standards.
Those, in turn, would help drive product design changes by manufacturers to rein in the extra energy use of early 4K technologies and continue