TVs, monitors & home entertainment

Get energy consumption up on your screen

A large, inefficient screen could be one of the biggest electricity users in your home – using even more power than your fridge.

  • 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:

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  • 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