Adjust your TV's display settings
New televisions are originally set to look best on the showroom floor. However, these bright display modes are often unnecessary for your home and use a considerable amount of energy. Adjusting your TV's display settings can significantly reduce its power use without compromising picture quality.
Step by step:
- Access the display menu with the remote. Consult your owner's manual if you need help.
- Adjust factory settings. Options like "dynamic" or "vivid" are usually high-power settings. Others, such as "cinema," "movie" or "pro" provide appropriate brightness while using considerably less energy.
- For manual controls, reduce brightness and contrast. These two display features strongly affect your TV's energy consumption.
- Take time to adjust. Wait a day or two to get used to your new settings. Initially, the picture may look different, since you are accustomed to the current display. Over time you are likely to find that a less bright display is just as captivating and enjoyable.
Good to know: TV calibration DVDs or Blu-ray discs can help you fine-tune your display settings. Buy them where TVs are sold or through electronics retailers online.