Let’s face it: most televisions are energy-consuming titans, running up your electric bill and leading to pollution from the processes required to produce energy. And with the average household engaged in five hours of television consumption each day, there’s a whole lot of power getting sucked up. But if you want to cut back on your carbon footprint even as you continue to enjoy broadcast programming, there are a few options. The flat-screen plasmas, LCDs, and LEDs on the market consume less energy than tube TVs of eras past and use less materials, making them greener on every front. So here are a few great reasons to do your part for the planet by choosing an eco-friendly television the next time you purchase a new set.
- Options. There are really only three options when it comes to green TVs, and they each come with pros and cons. The LED is the latest creation and it easily uses the least amount of energy, with consumption estimated at about 10-20% less than standard LCDs. However, it is also the most expensive initially (look for prices to drop in the future as it becomes more popular). The LCD may be the best overall option at this point, since the technology has been on the market for a while, making the purchase price significantly lower than LED. And it uses about 2-3 times less energy than plasmas and you can check out LCD TV reviews online. But don’t totally discount the plasma. It’s still better than a tube television and prices tend to be the lowest (although they aren’t significantly lower than LDCs). Just remember that size matters; as the screen gets bigger, energy consumption rises exponentially.
- Less material waste. Since flat-screen TVs are much smaller than boxy tube televisions (in terms of overall surface area), it only stands to reason that less material waste is created in their manufacturing. This is just one of many great motivators to purchase a new flatscreen set.
- Easier to sell or recycle. Tube televisions are a hard sell these days, largely due to the 2009 transition to digital signal broadcast. These older TVs lack the technology to read a modern signal (many were created with analog receivers) and require an additional box in order to view programming, which means they’re no longer being sold or recycled; they’re going straight to the dump. So forget about buying a “retro” TV. Upgrade to a flatscreen for longevity and the potential for a second life when you’re finished with it.
- Reduced energy consumption. This is the main reason to purchase an eco-friendly TV. Not only will you do your part to reduce pollution, but you’re also going to save on your utility bill, a bonus that most people can really get on board with these days.
- Clearer picture. If none of these arguments appeal to you and push you to purchase a greener TV set, then perhaps the aesthetics will. With HD technology on your side, you’re going to enjoy a clearer, brighter picture quality. And after all, the reason you’re buying a TV is for the singular joy of watching it.