Watching television is a popular pastime for people all around the world. Whether you’re tuning in to catch your favorite show or watching a movie with your family, a TV is a staple in most households. However, with the rise of energy costs and environmental concerns, it’s important to consider how much electricity your TV is using and how you can reduce the cost.
The short answer is that it depends on your kind of television and how big it is. It’s also important to consider how long you’re leaving your TV on each day. The more hours it’s on, the more electricity it’s using.
The Media Nations 2022 report by Ofcom (opens in new tab) states that in 2021, the typical UK resident watched TV for five hours and sixteen minutes per day. Hence, it's wise to be aware of how much energy and money your TV consumes before starting your next Netflix binge.
The power rating (in watts) of your TV will give you an idea of how much energy it costs to run. For example, if you have a 32-inch TCL LED Smart 720p HD Ready Android TV with a power rating of 50W, it cost 1.7p per hour, 9p per day, £2.74 per month, and £32.88 per year (assuming you watch five hours and 16 minutes of TV a day, every day).
To determine your TV's energy consumption, first know its wattage, which may vary depending on the high dynamic range setting.
TVs typically list their energy usage in annual kWh based on 1000 hours of usage. To calculate the cost per hour, multiply the annual kWh by the electricity cost and divide by 1000 hours of usage.
For example, a TCL TV using 55kWh per year with an electricity cost of 0.34 per kWh will cost 1.9p per hour to run.
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In some cases, standby mode can save energy. For example, a TV in standby mode can shut down automatically if there's no activity for a certain amount of time, preventing it from running unnecessarily.
However, standby mode still consumes power. Several studies have investigated the amount of energy used by televisions in standby mode, with estimates ranging from 2.25% to 5% of the energy used when the TV is on.
Modern televisions consume between 0.5 to 3 watts of power when in standby mode. The exact power consumption varies by TV model and manufacturer, but it is usually listed in the product specifications of the television. While this may not seem like a significant amount of energy, leaving television in standby mode can add up over time.
According to research by EcoCostSavings, leaving a TV on standby can cost £12 in electricity per year. While this may not seem like much compared to your monthly electricity bill, there are still ways to reduce the amount of power used by these devices without turning them off completely.
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One of the easiest ways to reduce your TV’s energy usage is simply to turn it off when you’re not watching it. This may seem obvious, but many people leave their TVs on all day, even when they’re not in the room. By turning it off, you can save a significant amount of energy and reduce your electricity bill.
Many TVs come with a default brightness setting that’s often too high. By adjusting the brightness, you can reduce the amount of energy your TV is using. This can also be easier on your eyes, especially if you’re watching TV in a dark room.
Most modern TVs come with energy-saving features that can help reduce your electricity usage. For example, many TCL TVs have a “sleep mode” that automatically turns off the TV after a certain amount of time. Other features include automatic brightness adjustment and power-saving modes. Be sure to check your TV’s manual to see what energy-saving features are available.
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Finally, if you’re in the market for a new TV, consider buying an energy-efficient model. Look for TVs with the ENERGY STAR label, which indicates that the TV meets certain energy efficiency standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. These TVs are designed to use less energy than standard models, which can save you money on your electricity bill.
Or you can invest in a smaller television. A larger screen means more energy is used, so if you're looking to save money on your electricity bill and reduce your carbon footprint, consider purchasing a smaller TV.
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We hope you now have a better understanding of how much energy your TV uses, as well as how much it costs. Following these tips, we offered can reduce your’s usage and lower your electricity bill. Remember to turn off your TV when you’re not watching it, use power strips, adjust the brightness, use energy-saving features, and consider buying an energy-efficient TV.