There are 970 million TV sets in 950 million households. 73% of all households have at least one TV set and of those that do, 2% have 2 or more TV sets.
TV sets are usually the center of any home’s entertainment hub but they can also be the center of its electricity bills problem. This is why it is important to consider some easy energy-saving tips when using a TV set.
Think Battery Saver Mode
Most TV manufacturers claim their devices are energy efficient, however, what they forget to tell you is that the TV is not very energy efficient in their default settings. A lot of times you will have to adjust the brightness level of most TV sets to prevent these devices from consuming exercise energy. Think of it like the “battery saver mode” you have your mobile device. In a lot of ways, the most visible change you notice on your mobile device is the dimming of the backlight once you switch to battery saver. Hence, proving that brightness plays a huge part in energy consumption. Some televisions may not have a battery saver mode but you can always take a hands-on approach by simply adjusting the brightness every once in a while.
Also, make sure you switch on the ambient light sensor – if you’re viewing your TV in a darker room with the sensor switched on it can dramatically reduce power consumption by adjusting the contrast of the picture automatically.
Always Consider Switching To Stand By Mode
Most modern TV sets often switch to Stand By Mode automatically after long periods of inactivity. However, some devices still don’t, making it your duty to manually switch the device to standby mode when you can.
Manufacturers have improved standby efficiency – in most new TVs energy usage is typically below 1 watt – so this is an option if you have a new TV, but if you have an older model, the standby mode may still be using energy unnecessarily.
This is a better option than leaving your TV on, but it’s still more energy-efficient to switch it off completely.
Which brings us to our next point.
Switch Off Your TV
We all know the temptation to leave the TV on in the background, especially while you’re performing other routine tasks, but just remember it comes at a cost (figuratively and literally). Switching off your TV sets when nobody is watching is probably the most efficient way to save energy and invariably save electricity costs also. This is also a very healthy habit, as any approach towards saving energy must consider energy conservation as an equally viable option to energy efficiency.
Consider The Size And Screen Type
Always consider the size and type of screen before splashing the cash on a new TV set. An energy-efficient 32-inch LCD will typically use half the power of a model with a 42-inch plasma screen. Plasma screens often consume more power than LCD and LED. Also, the smaller your TV, the less it will cost you to run, but the type and age of the television are also equally important. As you might have guessed, newer TV sets are usually more energy efficient than older ones.
Always Think Energy Efficiency
Examine your current devices for energy-saving Trust recommended label or the energy star label.
If you can’t find any of these, your device is most likely old and not very energy efficient which means you will need to adhere to these energy saving tips more strictly. When buying a new TV set, it is important to put these into consideration, that way you can be sure you are buying a TV with optimized energy-saving features that won’t cost you a fortune in electric bills.
TV NOT Radio
I personally don’t recommend listening/streaming radio frequency with a TV set. Admittedly, it’s a cool thing to do but in a lot of ways listening to just audio on an audiovisual device and having to incur excessive bills for it may just not be worth it in the long run. Especially when there is the much cheaper (and orthodox) way of simply using a radio set (or the mobile app equivalent available on your mobile devices).
However, if you absolutely have to listen to the radio with your TV, consider using the screen blanking feature. That way you can save some power while listening to radio.
These are some of the simple approaches to energy conservation and energy efficiency when using a Television.