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Tune In to TV Energy Savings

So you’ve bought an ENERGY STAR-qualified TV to save energy. But there’s even more you can do to boost your TV’s efficiency. Here’s a tip from Pointe Coupee Electric that can help you save energy and money.

TVs are bigger than they used to be. And some of the largest ones can use as much electricity each year as a new, conventional refrigerator. But ENERGY STAR qualified TVs use roughly 40 percent less energy than standard models.

Of course, if the set is left on when no one is watching, that costs money. But in some cases, even if you hit the “off” button, “energy vampires” might go to work―meaning your TV could still consume power.

Here are a couple of things you can do to stop that drain. Many high-definition TVs come with a quick start option. By turning it off, you’ll save energy and add only a few seconds to start-up times. And to stop energy vampires, use a power strip as a central “turn off” point. When you’re not watching TV and not planning to record a program later, simply flip the strip’s “off” button.

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