Sunday, 12 May 2013

Choosing an energy-efficient TV

Now you can buy A-rated TVs too

Energy consumption matters, not only does it make a difference to our energy bills, it affects the environment too.

Choosing the right TV, although fun, can be quite daunting. Finding the perfect screen size, sharpest picture or best audio can take up a lot of time. Combine all this with trying to choose a TV that's energy efficient and it can all become a bit confusing.

That's probably why many of us don't spend long thinking about how much energy our new TV needs to run. So, we've taken the guesswork out of energy ratings and power consumption with this handy guide - letting you make an energy-smart decision every time.
Easy as A, B, C…

TVs will now carry 'A to G' labels that rate their energy efficiency - just like those already seen on fridges and dishwashers. A-rated TVs or B-rated sets use less energy than similar televisions with a D rating. Some sets even have A+ ratings.

Choosing the right screen size
Naturally, TVs with larger screen sizes tend to use more energy, so the rating system puts them in order of efficiency to size. This means that an A rated 60" TV could actually cost more to run than a smaller B rated 42" TV (see table below). If saving energy is the most important thing to you, then choosing a smaller TV can be just as important as choosing one with a good energy rating.

Typical television running costs of energy efficiency rating by screen size

Running costs assume the TV is on for 1,742 hrs a year and in standby mode for 4,211 hours with a standby consumption of 0.4 watts with an electricity tariff of 14.51p / kWh.

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