Coming soon to television: a new EnergyGuide label! All TV’s manufactured after May 10, 2011 must display a label disclosing the television’s estimated annual energy cost and comparing it with the annual energy cost of other televisions with similar screen sizes.
I heard the design process was quite contentious at the FTC before settling on the familiar motif. The yellow EnergyGuide label has been used since the 1970’s for washing machines, refrigerators, and other large appliances sold in the US but never before for electronics.
By making long term costs visible at the point of purchase, this humble bit of information design has saved an enormous
amount of resources over the last 30+ years. It’s also a nice nudge to manufacturers who know the information will be public.