“Green” is the new wave of the future and electronic companies are trying to hop on the wagon. Since the electronic world can be pretty confusing I thought I would collect some information that might be informational and give you a head start when it comes to buying a “green” TV; or simply doing your best with what you have.  According to the reports that I have read Flat-Panel TV’s, especially plasma’s can consume more power then your fridge and nearly three times as much as rear-projection and 20% more then LCD’s. It is reported that the numbers aren’t 100% accurate because screen size and resolution play a role. It is recommended that before choosing your next television your going to want to consult with CNET’s consumption ratingEnergy Star specifications , and the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT).  But beware Energy Star’s ratings are only when the TV’s are on standby mode. TV’s may rate low while on standby but extremely high while on, so be aware of your TV’s consumption of energy while on. 

I did look at a few of the TV’s that had the best ratings and they were the Phillips 42PFL7432D, 42PFL5603D and the Samsung HL61A750, LN-T4681F. The Phillips claim to have a dimmer for the backlighting, a power save mode, lead and mercury free, uses recyclable box for shipping and only consumes 75 watts of power; when all of the features are used accurately. The Samsung claims to have similar features as the Phillips. The Samsung has backlighting, it saves 40% more energy then conventional TV’s and is lead and mercury free. Be conscious of the size of TV you purchase and the chemicals being used in the manufacturing of the television (lead, mercury, flame retardant, etc.). We went with the  Samsung UN55B7000 55-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LED HDTV because they claim to be lead free, mercury free and consume 40% less energy – in our book it was an eco-friendly choice and the price was right!

Here are some other important tips to remember that can easily reduce electric consumption and help the environment, even if you aren’t in the market for a new TV:

• don’t leave your TV on all day, turn off when not watching a show
• turn off your cable boxes and video games when not using them
•  plug all components into a power strip so everything can be turned off at the same time
•  change the picture setting  to the dimmest mode you can
• if you are going to get rid of your TV, Recycle it! The landfill is full of TV’s that are leaking toxins into the air and ground. Contact your local recycling agency for information.   

Check out the helpful links listed:

Consumers Report

Slate.com

Get With Green

EcoCoach

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