Save Money on Your TV- Increase its Efficiency With These 6 Great Tips!
You probably don’t think too much about your TV – just switch it on, watch it, and switch it off. But in fact, there are several things you can do, to improve your viewing pleasure as well as save money and reduce your energy consumption.
1. Change Settings
When you first switch your TV on, choose the “home” mode rather than the retail mode. Then use your remote control or menu options to select standard,
movie, or cinema mode rather than dynamic, sports, or vivid mode. These two simple changes can often cut power consumption by 20 to 50%!
2. Change Brightness & Colour
Have your television professionally calibrated or use a test disc to calibrate it yourself. This step can help ensure your television looks best in a fairly dark room, saving energy and helping to replicate the experience of going to the movie theater. For more information, see Tom’s Guide. If you want to do other things while watching TV, use a lamp next to where you sit. (And of course, if you’re involved in the other things you’re doing, then consider switching the TV off altogether!).
3. Turn the Lights Down
Turn down the lights in your TV room. By minimizing the amount of light that lands on the TV itself or the wall behind it, you will not only save lighting energy, but also help ensure that your TV looks good at a lower brightness setting of its own.
4. Use the Automatic Brightness Setting
If your TV has this option, use it. Automatic brightness recognizes the room light and adjusts accordingly to ensure your TV is never consuming more power than needed.
5. Really Switch it Off
Plug your TV and other audio/video components into a smart plug strip. This will help ensure that once you turn the main device off, most of the other devices will turn off automatically as well.
6. Unplug the unused
Recycle or at least unplug old televisions that you rarely use. Older models can use significant amounts of standby power, so it makes no sense to leave them plugged in if they will only be used sporadically.
There’s more to your TV than you thought!