4 New Television Features That Can Save You Money

May 7th 2016

Energy efficiency is an important consideration for many, if not most, modern consumers. By choosing television sets with advanced power-saving features, such as automatic resting, shutoff, and brightness controls, users are able to get the same level of performance out of their TVs that they always have, but at a fraction of the cost older sets impose.

Efficient Standby Mode

Television sets consume the most power while they're running audio and video simultaneously, so the ability to switch to a more efficient stand-by mode when you aren't watching TV can result in significant energy savings. Some televisions allow owners to set a standby timer, so that leaving a static image on the screen for anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes initiates a switch to standby mode, which consumes as little as 1 watt.

Automatic Shutoff

Some televisions shut off without continuous input. When the feed from an external source is discontinued, as when a game console is switched off, the TV switches to standby mode immediately, followed by a total shutdown a few minutes later. This feature is especially attractive for televisions located in kids' rooms, as children might not always remember to turn everything off when they're done playing games or watching movies.

Adjustable Brightness

Adjusting the screen's brightness levels to match ambient conditions can reduce a television set's power consumption by up to one-third. You can adjust your screen's brightness manually, though many new televisions offer either a manually engaged power-saving mode, for use during bright daylight hours, or an automatic brightness detection feature that adjusts light levels to match conditions without needing external inputs.

Selective Operation

The abundance of app-based entertainment channels, often provided through a gaming console, has encouraged TV owners to use their televisions' speakers to listen to music. Televisions capable of selective operation can run audio through their speakers without engaging their power-draining screens. By only engaging the systems being used at the time, these TVs are able to drastically cut their overall power consumption without significantly affecting performance.

Conclusion

Television sets consume a considerable amount of power. Even when a TV is switched off, the set draws power for background functions such as waiting for an "on" signal from the remote control. While in operation, a television must run its internal lights, control the images on the screen and produce sound through its speakers. These all require energy, which can drive up your electric bill, but modern televisions come with a suite of features designed to keep power consumption as low as possible and save money in the process.

Sources

USwitch.com "Energy-saving tips for your TV, computer and laptop" http://www.uswitch.com/energy-saving/guides/tvs-computers-laptops/
EnergyStar.gov "Buying guidance" https://www.energystar.gov/products/certified-products/detail/televisions
Wired.com "Toshiba TV uses zero power in standby mode" http://www.wired.com/2011/11/toshiba-eco-chip-tv/

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