8 Responses to “Power Guzzlers: How Green Is Your HDTV?”
Gosh i had no idea that TVs could be power hungry. Thanks for a very informative post.
What I am about to show you is going to shock you, not the invention itself but what has happened since:
In the year 2006 an aspiring inventor appeared on the BBC show Dragon’s Den – a show where 5 entrepreneurs decide whether to invest in inventions and innovative services created by members of the public – advertising an invention that would reduce power consumption of every device in existence to a mere 0.02W when on Stand-By mode. The entrepreneurs were understandably impressed and invested.
That is not the shock! The shock is… after 2 years we cannot find this product on the market and the device was proved to work. I suspect some of the large UK energy companies got involved and did what Big Suger did to the miracle bean in the US!
Very thought provoking post there. Gives you an idea how each thing that we do in our daily lives have either a positive or negative impact on the environment around us. I had no idea that these big TVs were such power guzzlers. With a little thought to how and what we do each day, such as our mode of transport for instance, we can collectively make a substantial difference to the big picture.
I bought a Vizio 52″ Plasma TV Christmas ’07. I had been looking at the big TVs for months, but they were just too expensive for me to afford. At the beginning of the Christmas buying season, Walmart had a “loss leader” special. They sold these TVs for $800 each but only had 6 per store. The normal price was $1200+. I got the last one in the store I shop in.
I had it mounted on the wall in my sunroom (media room) in my house. I built cabinets on either side of it and a computer desk in the corner and a counter top all across one end of the room with storage cabinets underneath for files and such. Since the computer is in the corner to the left of the Plasma TV, I am working there in the evening while the TV is on. Had I known before I purchased the unit, that it generated so much heat, I don’t know if I would have gotten it or not. I chose the Plasma because it has a glass front rather than a soft plastic front, as does the LCD. I have several cats in the house, and I was terrified that one of them might scratch the LCD, which I knew from experience, would eventually ruin it. Additionally, my electricity bill is $30 to $50 per month higher than it has been in the past, due, I am convinced, in a large part to the new Plasma. I went from a 32″ regular TV to the 52″ Plasma.
For anyone contemplating purchasing a new “big flat screen” I offer these observations as food for thought.
The JVC LT-40FN97 HDTV is very energy efficient, only 0.38 watts when on standby
I just got a new DLP LED Samsung and wonder where it fits into the energy lineup. Was considering a 58″ Panasonic plasma which supposedly has an energy star rating, but I assumed LED would be greener. However, I would prefer a thin screen so am not sure the DLP LED is the final choice.
Speaking of green power and energy consumption, I’ve had a Samsung LN52a650 for some time now and, based on the electric bill, I feel this was a good choice overall, and that, 18 months down the line, there is no excessive heat from the back of the LCD HDTV…and, if there was…I don’t think I would be complaining, considering the winters on the NE Seaboard.
It’s still early days (me thinks) to speculate about energy savings…it is, after all, still a private enterprise and, until the majority stand up to be counted, we might as well enjoy being fleeced in broad daylight.
Love this post on HDTVs… if I were to make a comparison between the Sony (of which I have almost everything Sony – save for the HDTV) I’d say Samsung have something brewing here with their Red Touch of Color technology on the 700 and 800 series of HDTV.
Samsung 1080p LCD HDTV
Of the Samsung brand of LCD HDTVs, it’s a fact and, based on user reviews, the LN52A650 has by far the most vivid picture on the market.
Not only is this HDTV different…(it is after all, the first to embrace the Red Touch of Color technology from Samsung).
With its standard swivel base, you’re guaranteed picture perfect viewing from any angle in the room…and with no glare, you can rest assured that this was a good investment worth watching.
I’ve also had the opportunity to play around with the Sony Bravia KDL-52W4100 52. Priced to go, but was put off by the dark shades changing.
Either way, they’re both sterling products, but I just tend to prefer the Samsung.
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