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How Energy Efficient is your Television?

July 22, 2013

The ideal 60 inch television already comes with a pretty price tag, but is there an additional cost to operate?  There are several options when it comes to shopping for the right television, but does one ever think of how much energy usage it takes to operate your TV. A key factor is the screen size and screen type, which affects the energy consumption. Another important factor to keep in mind is how much you are pay per kilowatt hour.

Unplug any power adapters and televisions when not in use. Many electronics use energy even when not in use even when off. If you are considering a energy efficient TV, look for one that has a ENERGYSTAR label.

Here are some types of TVs to choose from:

CRT: These are the big, bulky TVs with the big backs and twisty knobs from the 80’s. They basically use a giant light bulb and are not very energy efficient. Some people still own these.

LCD: Also known as “trans missive” displays because the light isn’t created by liquid crystals, a light bulb behind the panel shines light through the display. The smaller sized TVs are more energy efficient.

DLP: Also known as “emissive”, DLP televisions are great if you’re looking for a TV over 50 inches. If it has a LED light source, it is more energy efficient.

Plasma: When choosing a plasma TV, be very cautious of its energy guide because they tend to use the most energy.

Here are a few ways how you can cut down and control your energy cost:

Look for an ENERGYSTAR label: TVs can use as much energy as a standard refrigerator. ENERGYSTAR certified TVs will be on average almost 40 percent more energy efficient than a non-certified model. You will find that 75% of the most televisions now are ENERGYSTAR certified.

Reduce the brightness: If you want to be even more energy efficient you can adjust the brightness of your TV. The brightness in the electronics department usually draws the customer into purchasing the least energy efficient television with the most brightness.

Unequal consumption: Check the energy consumption facts according to size and type when shopping for energy efficient TVs.

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