Choose an efficient television

Why? Television technology is developing rapidly, and it's hard to know which features could show up as noticeable increases on your energy bill. Learn a bit about TV efficiency so that when you invest in a new TV, it can bring you both a great entertainment experience and energy savings over its lifetime.
What to look for: As you might expect, larger or higher-resolution televisions use more electricity — some more than a refrigerator. Here are a few other important factors to think about as you search for a new TV.
  • Consider your upgrade. If you own an older, smaller television (mostly likely a cathode ray tube [CRT] TV), it may use less power than many new TVs on the market. Consider keeping or repairing your CRT TV before buying a new model.
  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label. Certified TVs are on average over 25% more energy efficient than conventional models of similar size. Look up efficient models here.
  • Choose LCD. Liquid-crystal display (LCD) TVs are much more efficient than standard televisions and are available at most electronics stores. Plasma TVs create images by lighting each pixel on the screen individually, while LCD TVs shine a backlight through the liquid crystal display. For plasma TVs, a high resolution will mean a high electricity bill, but LCD TVs can provide crisp images without using much extra power.
  • Choose LED. Light-emitting diode (LED) LCD TVs are even more efficient than standard LCD models.

Good to know:
  • No matter what television you own, you can save money by remembering to cut power to your TV whenever you're not using it. Unplug it completely or switch off its power strip to prevent it from drawing extra electricity while on standby.
  • When you replace your old TV, consider its energy costs before moving it to another room. Recycling it may be a better option.
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Save up to $40 per year

Up-front costs: Usually no cost difference between an efficient and a standard model

Pays back in: Immediately, compared to purchasing a standard model