Choosing a TV or monitor
- A larger screen uses more energy. Keep in mind they look smaller in-store than when you get them home.
- Compare energy use. Some TVs use more than three times as much electricity as an efficient model of the same size. This means more emissions and up to $1,000 more in running costs over 10 years.
- Look for more stars. Use the Energy Rating Label to find one that runs on less energy, generating fewer emissions.
A TV with 6 stars on the Energy Rating Label emits 67% less emissions than a similar TV with only 1 star.
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Reduce the amount of energy you use for screens and entertainment:
- Enable the auto-off. See if your TV has a setting like ‘automatic power down’, ‘eco solution’ or ‘idle TV standby’ – this turns it off if you don’t use the remote for a few hours.
- Check your brightness. Brighter screens tend to use more energy – don’t go above the recommended setting.
- Switch it off when you’re not using it. Most home entertainment equipment uses very little energy in standby mode – but if you don’t use it much, turn it off at the wall.
- A multi-plug makes it easy to switch off. If you have home office or entertainment equipment in the same room, use a multi-plug so it’s easy to switch off everything at night or when not in use.
- Use sleep mode. Set up screen devices to go to sleep if they’re not used for a few minutes. Turn off screen savers that over-ride sleep mode