On average, a new television uses more energy than a fridge. Many homes also have more than one television, increasing the load on the electricity bill. Taking time to choose your next television wisely and using it efficiently can decrease your energy use and save you money.
Televisions must meet mandatory energy efficiency requirements.
- Televisions must meet Minimum Energy Performance Standards.
- Televisions are required to carry an Energy Rating Label.
Energy Rating Label
The more stars, the more savings.
The Energy Rating Label helps you make informed choices when buying a television. It provides two important pieces of information about the product, the:
- star rating
- estimated energy consumption.
The star rating shows the energy efficiency of a television. It allows you to compare the energy efficiency of products that have similar capacity and features. The more stars, the less energy it uses and the cheaper it is to run.
The energy consumption is how much electricity the television is estimated to use in a year. This can help you predict the running costs.
Learn more about reading the label and estimating running costsVisit Understand the Energy Rating Label
How to choose the right television for you
Start with size
When purchasing a television, the first step is to determine the size that will best meet your needs.
Television size is usually measured in inches and refers to the diagonal length from the upper left-hand corner of the screen to the lower right-hand corner.
It is best to choose the smallest size that meets your needs, as larger televisions generally cost more to purchase and cost more to run.
Compare energy efficiency
It is important to compare products of the same size.
Once you decide the best television size, you can use star ratings on the Energy Rating Label to compare the energy efficiency of products.
This is because the star rating considers the size of the appliance. For example, a 50 inch television with a five star energy rating will use more energy than a 30 inch television with a five star rating.
Seek professional advice
Experts can help you make the right choice.
As with any large purchase, it’s a good idea to discuss your options with a number of suppliers so they can advise on the televisions that may be appropriate for you. They will also be able to advise on running costs.
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