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Televisions: Buyer’s Guide
Look for the Logo: ENERGY STAR®
Best Picture: Go LCD
LCD technology is more efficient than plasma technology. LCDs are capable of using only a fraction of the energy plasma screens use.1
Features to Look for:
Energy Management Settings: Find models with automatic adjustments for efficiency and image quality. The most efficient TVs are LED LCDs that let you adjust the backlight up or down during bright and dark scenes. Also look for models that have manual backlight adjustments, since the default settings typically tend to be too bright on most TV models.
LEDs: Look for models that use LEDs as the light source.
Energy Save Mode: Get a model with an energy saver mode, and remember to manually set this mode when you get your TV home!
Picture Off Setting: If you are just listening to the TV audio or cable radio, this setting will help to save power.
Timers: Program your TV to automatically turn off at a certain time, or after a specified period of inactivity. This can also include a “presence sensor” to turn the picture or TV off if no one is in the room.
Smaller Screen: According to CNET’s website, a 32-inch LCD uses only about half the energy a 52-inch LCD uses.
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1Katzmaier, D. & Maskovciak, M. (2010). CNET Energy Efficiency Guide: The Basics of TV Power. Retrieved October 4, 2012, from http://reviews.cnet.com/green-tech/tv-power-efficiency/?tag=greenGuideBodyColumn.0
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