Choose an efficient television
Television technology is developing rapidly, and it's hard to know which features could show up as noticeable increases on your energy bill. As you might expect, larger or higher-resolution televisions use more electricity—some more than a refrigerator.
What to look for:
- Choose LED-backlit LCD. Liquid-crystal display (LCD) TVs are much more efficient than standard televisions. LCD TVs provide crisp images without using much extra power.
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® label. Certified TVs are, on average, 27% more energy efficient than similar non-labeled models—without sacrificing picture quality. Look up efficient models here.
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.