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Save Money – 6 Great Tips to Use Your TV More Efficiently

by Clare Delaney

Save Money on Your TV- Increase its Efficiency With These 6 Great Tips!

 

TV more energy efficientYou 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
TV adjust settingsHave 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
pull the plug switch it offPlug 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!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

John Moulder

I always buy a TV with a separate power switch on it , I don’t like appliances with power flowing through them whilst I am asleep . Most computers don’t switch off completely . Some have a power switch on the back , which is difficult to access . I get around the problem by purchasing a 4 way power board which has switches on each outlet . That way I turn power off to computer , printer and audio amplifier . Works well . I usually sit it up in an easy to reach spot near the computer .

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Sonya Lenzo

I had not a clue about any of those things regarding my TV! Those are great ideas~!!
Sonya Lenzo

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Clare Delaney

Especially if you buy a new TV when you move country! :-)
Thanks for sharing!

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Kevin Bettencourt

Awesome tips, people don’t realize appliances draw power even when not in use when they remain plugged in.

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Better First Dates

Hi Green Goddess,

Thank you for providing such specific energy and money saving tips for how to manage and watch our televisions. The energy resources you cite, you are a great resource for all things green and ecofriendly!

Happy Dating and Relationships,

April Braswell

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These are all great tips to save energy. It is amazing how much power that flat screen televisions use, so much so that the state of California will start regualting what televisions can be imported.
Scott Sylvan Bell

Now go implement!

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Clare Delaney

Absolutely – they want to make sure that the real energy-hogging large screens are no longer sold. Most regulations look only at the power used in stand-by mode – the regulations you mention look at power-on mode, which is a very valid concern. I think the technology is changing gradually on the large-screen TVs which make them more efficient (e.g. LCD rather than Plasma), but you’re absolutely right, flat-screen TVs use up to 3 times as much energy as the old CRT TVs. Thanks for sharing!

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