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Is Your TV Past its Prime?

Old TVAmericans love their TVs. More than 115 million U.S. households have at least one television set, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Many of these TVs, however, have seen a few too many seasons. In fact, about 11 million households are still using those old tube TVs.

If you have an older TV, it's likely far less energy efficient than today's models. That extra cost will be making a regular appearance on your monthly energy bills. 

Take a star turn 

Upgrade to an ENERGY STAR® certified TV, which is (on average) 27 percent more energy efficient than a conventional model. You can find the ENERGY STAR label on every type of TV, from standard sets to large screen models with the latest features like ultra high-definition (UHD) and internet connectivity.

In addition to being more energy efficient, today's TVs are flatter, lighter and brighter than older models, providing a better viewing experience. You can happily binge-watch your favorite shows without seeing your energy costs go up. 

Channel more savings

Looking to save even more? These cost-cutting tips can help:

  • Consider seating recommendations before purchasing a large screen TV. A smaller screen (that uses less energy) may be more appropriate for the size of your room.
  • Increase your savings by purchasing ENERGY STAR rated electronics, such as set-top boxes, soundbars and digital media players.
  • Turn off your TV and other connected components when they're not in use. Plug your entire home entertainment center into an advanced power strip, which automatically shuts off power to idle equipment.

By upgrading to the latest high-efficiency products, you can enhance your viewing pleasure and enjoy lower energy bills. Get the picture? 

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