Posts Tagged ‘TV’

Are you ready for some football?

September 11, 2014

Football fans chearing on their team

It is official, we have begun another season of football.  Last Thursday, the 4th was the official kick off to the NFL season between the Seahawks and the Packers.  26.9 million people tuned into to watch these two teams battle for victory.  As the season progresses we can only expect those numbers to climb.  As those in your home tune into football, make sure you aren’t wasting money at the hands of your TV.  Our friends at ENERGY STAR have developed a list of the most energy efficient televisions in 2014 in three different categories:  Televisions under 35 inches, Televisions from 35 inches to 50 inches and Televisions over 50 inches.  Go ahead and check them out.  Whether your team wins or loses, at least you are saving money through it all.

While your TV can provide some relief on your utility bills, try other energy saving techniques like changing out your incandescent light bulbs or getting a home energy audit.

And, best of luck to your team this season.

Thanks for stopping by!


Wave that Geek Flag! It’s not Flowers, Peace and Love Anymore

May 2, 2012

Many Americans love their TVs, and it must be “love” otherwise why would we spend so much on something that takes up so much real estate on the living room wall!   Until recently they used a lot of energy too.

According to a recent posting from the NYT, “Incorporating LED and laser technology has helped slash the energy consumption of new TV models by nearly 50 percent within the last three years.”   But really it’s not efficiency claims selling these sets in some parts of the country, its “technology” or “better picture quality”.

What sets these TVs apart is the Energy Forward label which identifies a small group of the most efficient Energy Star appliances.  The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, a utility supported non-profit organization based in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, is behind the label and they have taken an interesting approach.  Since TV watchers are prone to “geek out” by wanting the best set, it seems leveraging this “weakness” and making the best sets energy efficient is a win-win situation.

Collectively, small savings add up when everyone tunes in to the evening news on a high efficiency TV.  The important shift recognized here is that comfort and efficiency don’t have to conflict.  We fix homes to make them more comfortable.  It just so happens that is a wonderful side effect of reducing energy usage as well!



EnergyGuide label for TVs due out this spring.

December 29, 2010

The newer generation of TVs–from LCD to plasma to other technologies–vary widely in their energy consumption.  And it hasn’t been easy for consumers to figure out which use what.  That should start to change this spring.

You’ve likely seen the yellow EnergyGuide label on new appliances, from clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers to  air conditioners, furnaces, water heaters and more.  OK, I admit I’m an energy geek–I actually look for, read, and consider the energy use when I’m buying things like this.  Of course, I look for the other features, too.  But I try to make smart energy consumption a factor in the decision process.  Although most people don’t do this, it’s really pretty easy. 

Anyway, back to the main point–later this year, these labels with be required on new TVs according to the FTC.

Sample of an EnergyGuide label for televisions.

Beginning in May 2011 the FTC will require manufacturers to provide consumers this information about different models of televisions and how much energy they use.   Of course, the Energy Star label still provides a simple indicator of relative efficiency.  But I like have good information to make a more informed choice.


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