Eco-Friendly Televisions: 4 Tips For Choosing An Energy-Efficient Model

Radios, televisions, video players, and home cinema systems all use energy. Among them, televisions account for 75% of all electricity utilization within the consumer electronics industry. This level of energy consumption costs a lot of money and it also increases carbon dioxide emission which could harm the environment.

When you need to buy a new television unit or replace an existing one, you should consider choosing an energy-efficient model. Doing so will help you save money on your bills and lower its negative impact towards the environment without compromising any of the product features you expect to enjoy. There are advantages to using eco-friendly and energy-efficient television models, including:

  • Lowering the running costs and increasing long-term savings on your energy bills
  • Use less energy; therefore, lowering carbon dioxide emission
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the functional life of the television.

Tips For Choosing Your Next Big-Screen TV

Size: You need to understand that larger television models use more power. In fact, larger TVs use more energy than the old-fashioned tube models because of their size. This is despite the fact that old models are not even energy-efficient. In addition, large TV models also use a lot of energy to manufacture, to test, to ship, and to operate. To be more energy-efficient, you should purchase a model that is no larger than what you actually need.

Type Of Screen Technology: Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) television models are recommended for green consumers because they use less energy as compared to plasma sets. A 28-inch traditional cathode-ray tube (CRT) television set use around 100 watts of electricity. This is according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or EPA. A 42-inch LCD model might consume twice that amount while plasma models use five times as much. With this in mind, LCD TVs are considered to be the most energy-efficient type of television.

Another option is to choose a television set that uses Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) technology. This type of screen technology uses organic material to create light. It can provide excellent color, brightness, and contrast. Experts believe that OLED technology has the potential to be a hundred percent energy-efficient in the near future.

Safety Level: It is not enough to only consider the size and type of screen technology used in manufacturing the television model when evaluating its energy-efficiency. It is also important to evaluate its safety level. According to Professional Testing Inc., consumers should also make certain that the product does not pose fire, radiation, or mechanical hazard. This means that the product should not pose any safety risks to the consumer. With this in mind, you should look into the television model’s safety and quality certifications.

Energy Rating Label: You should also check the Energy Rating Labels or ERL of the television set because it is the easiest way to help you choose an energy-efficient model. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The more energy stars the television model has, the more energy-efficient it is.
  • Every additional star means there is a 20% reduction in energy consumption from the past rating. This basically means that a two-star-rated TV model uses 20% less energy than a one-star-rated TV set.
  • The best rating a television unit can get is between 7-10 stars. These models are referred to as “super efficiency rating”.
  • Visit energyrating.gov.au to compare energy ratings of various television models. You can also calculate your electricity costs in the years to come.

These are just a few tips for finding your next-big screen television that proves to be more cost-effective and energy-efficient. Remember that the money you waste on paying huge electricity bills can be used for other more important expenditures; therefore, cutting energy costs can go a long way for your savings.

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