Buying an Energy Saving Television

So, your old picture tube television has finally stopped working, and you’re in the market for a new one. With all of the choices available now, choosing a television isn’t as easy as it used to be. To add to the confusion, many new sets use a lot more electricity than the old ones. If you’re trying to cut down your energy use, this is something to consider before buying. Here are some things to look for.

Energy Star Certification – this is a good place to start, but since many television meet the criteria for certification, you might want to look at other factors as well.

LCD versus Plasma – LCD televisions use less energy.

Size – Bigger TVs eat up more power. If you need a huge TV, find a rear projection one, since they are more efficient.

Type of backlight – LCD televisions, unlike plasmas, use backlights. There are two kinds of backlights, CCFL and LED. Newer televisions use LED which conserves more energy.

In many households, televisions are on a lot more than they used to be. If your family has multiple TVs, game boxes or DVD player that are used regularly, this adds to energy consumption. Choosing the right TV is one way of reducing your electric bill.