Most gadgetphiles know that plasmas use more energy than LCDs but the Australian government want all of their citizens to know too. The government is rolling out a system currently in place for other household appliances but aimed this time at televisions. The vast majority of plasmas aren’t going to fair very well, and even some might be banned from sale. A Panasonic director indicated that none of their models will be banned but most of their models will score around a “three-star” if current models where graded; their LCDs would come in around a “four-star.”
This new regulation begs the questions when is something like that going to happen here in the US. With some states banning even incandescent light bulbs because of their energy usage, what’s to say high-consumption gadgets aren’t next?