Friday, October 30, 2009

How Much Energy Does Your TV Really Use?

How Much Energy Does Your TV Really Use?
3 things to consider before buying your next television (unless, that is, you want to spend hundreds of extra dollars).
Televisions use a tremendous amount of electricity, particularly plasma flat screen models, so look for the Energy Star label and read this before buying your next TV.
10.28.2009 Link to full article below

About four years ago I started noticing that flat-panel, big-screen TVs started to pop up almost everywhere I went. Places like the hotel lobby, the fitness center, restaurants, at the airport and increasingly in our friends' homes. Also overnight, the size of TVs seemed to almost double....

To make a long story short, here is what we found:

* Some of the bigger, less efficient models consumed more electricity each year than a new refrigerator and can cost several hundred dollars to operate over their 10-year life.
* There was a wide range of energy use between similar-sized models. In general, plasmas consumed considerably more energy than equivalent LCD models.
* TVs now represent approximately 5% of U.S. residential electricity use and over 1% of all national electricity use.

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