If each year, every TV sold in British Columbia was the most energy efficient ENERGY STAR
television, we could save enough energy to power over 2,000 homes in B.C. for one full year.
Many of the TVs we carry are PowerSmart Energy Star Compliant.
Buying green electronics will help save you money.
An ENERGY STAR TV, uses about 30% less energy than a standard unit and is rated to consume one watt or less when switched off.
Buying green electronics will help save the planet.
Green electronics are designed to save energy and reduce or eliminate harmful materials that have been found to have adverse effects on human health and wildlife.
Are green electronics more expensive?
No. If you consider the energy you save over the long term, green electronics and computers can actually save you money. Green electronics also typically have longer product life and higher resale value. There are often rebate and incentive programs available to Canadian consumers who buy designated green electronics and computers.
Television Efficiency Tips
For your existing TV:
Switch it off when no one's watching.
Switch off the power bar. Typically, a TV is plugged into a power bar along with other devices such as DVD players, VCRs or surround sound systems. By switching the power bar off, you can conserve energy because your TV and associated devices won't be drawing unnecessary power, or "phantom loads".
Watch TV together. It is common for homes to have multiple TVs and for them to be used by members of the household at the same time. Conserve energy and increase your enjoyment by watching TV together.
Adjust your TV's settings. Depending on the programming and your TV's capabilities, you can adjust its settings to conserve energy. For LCD TVs, reducing the level of backlight can reduce energy consumption. For Plasma TVs, adjusting the contrast level can also result in energy savings. Some models of TVs also have a 'power-saver' mode. Enable this for even more energy savings.
When shopping for a new TV
Consider an ENERGY STAR TV. TVs with the ENERGY STAR use about 30% less energy than standard units and are rated to consume one Watt or less when switched off.
Size matters. When shopping for a TV, purchase one only as large as you require. Larger TVs consume more energy. To determine the right size for your viewing area divide the distance between where you want to sit and the front of the screen by 2.5 (i.e. If you sit 7 feet (2.13 meters) from your TV choose a 32 inch HDTV). This guideline will help you get the most out of your TV viewing experience.
Check for incentives and rebates when you make energy efficient choices.