Adjust your TV's display settings

Why? 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. Depending on your type of TV and settings, adjusting your TV's display settings can reduce its power use by 5-20% without compromising picture quality.
Good to know:
  • Dimming the display does more than save energy. It can also extend the life of your television. Bright showroom settings wear down the TV's components over time and can increase the risk of "burn in" damage to plasma screens and traditional cathode ray tube (CRT) models.
  • Self-help DVDs designed for TV calibration can help you fine-tune your display settings. Buy them where TVs are sold or through electronics retailers online.

Step by step:
  1. Access the display menu with the remote. Consult your owner's manual if you need help.
  2. Adjust factory settings. Options like "dynamic" or "vivid" are usually high-power settings. Others, such as "movie" or "pro," provide appropriate brightness while using considerably less energy.
  3. For manual controls, reduce brightness and contrast. These two display features strongly affect your TV's energy consumption.
  4. 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.

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