Saving Energy with Efficient TVs

A cheap TV set may save you a lot of cash up front, but some of the cheaper models also run on less energy and therefore cost less energy over time. In fact, there are several essential factors that determine the true cost of a device and how that affects one’s bottom line.

To help the hapless consumer to make prudent acquisitions, the clever people at the Enervee Blog have put together a comprehensive guide to appraising the TVs being sold on and calculating the true cost of owning and operating a TV in regards to how long it will be used each day. Ironically, some of the most ‘Energy saving “ Devices won’t actually save you that much on your energy expenses.

Technology and Size affect HDTV Costs and Savings


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The chart we find on the Enervee Blog, raises some important questions. First of all, how do the monstrosities of yesterday— TV’s that employed the old cathode ray and vacuum tube— compare with technologically superior TVs of today, even the gigantic LED screens?

Believe it or not, despite the superior size and technology of the more modern LED type TV, these still use less power than their more ponderous predecessors, according to Matthias Kurwig, CEO of the Enervee Blog.

There is a big chance to save on energy expenses by switching to more modern, more efficient devices ,” stated Kurwig. “For instance, the average 65” LED HDTV uses half the energy it took to power the 35” CRT TV popular a decade or so ago.”

The next thing to consider, of course, is if the high price tag of a more pricey will be offset by the anticipated energy savings. Without considering the superior viewing experience of the HDTV, it is clear that the anticipated savings will not always cover the increased cost of the expensive TV.

Consider the following example, the Enervee Blog gives the Samsung UN60F6300AFXZA a relatively high energy efficiency rating of 84. This indicates that if used for 5hrs each day for 5 years, it will consume around $80 worth of energy. The cost will be $1329 including shipping and handling.

On the other hand, we have the Vizio 60″ 120Hz 1080p WiFi LED HDTV for $898 also with free shipping and handling,the energy calculator guesses this model will cost around $17 a year as opposed to $14 with the Samsung Model.

Other Pertinent Factors to Think About When Buying an Energy-Efficient TV

Although the different costs for operating the different models of HDTV vary greatly, this should be a secondary consideration in comparison with points like the amount of HDMI ports available, the quality of the processing unit as well as the ability to incorporate multi channel sound and accommodate numerous apps.

Nevertheless, the prices of operating a TV should be considered when shopping for a new TV. If an older model is being replaced with a more modern TV, a CRT TV for a LED TV, for example, you can expect to bank some savings in, when the energy bills come around next month, or whenever.

This is just like the need to change an older model fridge for a newer model as the older ones simply consume too much electricity. It is just environmentally, energetically and economically foolish to keep these old apparatus in operation.

Energy savings is most certainly an important factor, but it is not the only one. It is prudent to factor in the initial cost of buying a TV as well, “ added Matthias Kurwig, pointing out that the Enervee listing indicates initial prices alongside energy-saving costs, so that both these points can be considered in relation to each other.

Cutting Edge Energy-Efficient TV Technology: LED or Plasma

When you consider all the TVs, brands and models alongside each other, it is clear that the most energy efficient options on the market are the [LED-backlit LCDs], certains models can be found that save over 20% more energy than the average plasmas or LCDs.

In the light of the aspect, there will be a considerable difference in the energy consumption expenses of plasma TV owners and LED HDTV owners. In a case where the tag prices of a Plasma and a LED HDTV are set close together, the savings they offer in energy expenses can be the tiebreaker for the decision.

In the end, you can figure that a a 60” TV that received an Enervee score of around 50 will be roughly twice as expensive as a similarly sized TV that received a score of 75 or more.

Final Notes

No matter what device you are purchasing, whether it’s a coffee grinder or an automobile, there are two price tags the consumer must be aware of, the cost to personal resources and the environmental cost that another electronic device will have.

There was a time when making the “green” decision was tough and meant a great deal of research, thanks to the wealth of online information on the subject available across the internet — on sites such as the Enervee Blog— it is now much easier to be an environmentally responsible consumer.