TV & Entertainment

Entertain these ways to reduce your use

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  • Turn off your TV and other devices when not in use. Many homes also have game consoles, DVR/cable boxes, steros and DVD or Blu-ray players. Most of these devices continue to draw power when they are switched off but still plugged in. In the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.
  • Unplug the appliance or use the switch on a power strip to prevent DVD players, game consoles and TVs from drawing power when not in use.
  • Consider dimming the display on your TV to reduce brightness, contrast and backlight. Settings like "vivid" or "dynamic" typically use more energy.
  • When shopping for a new TV, look for the ENERGY STAR label. Find retailers and get more shopping tips.

Typical usage details

Type Watts Costs to operate for 8 hours
Plasma TV 230 to 500 watts 11 to 30 cents
LCD (standard) 45 to 240 watts 3 to 12 cents
LCD (LED) 35 to 200 watts 2 to 10 cents
Rear projection TV 170 to 275 watts 8 to 16 cents
DVD player 165 to 275 watts 8 to 16 cents
PlayStation®/Xbox 120 to 200 watts 6 to 10 cents
Nintendo® Wii 19 watts 1 cent

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