Green Behaviour: How to Make Your TV-Watching Experience More Energy-Efficient
Environmentalism has become much more than a trend, and has grown into a worldwide movement in recent decades. From the commercial sector and the benefits it brings to businesses, all the way to the residential realm where mindful homeowners are thinking of new way to cut energy consumption, eco-friendliness has become an inextricable part of the modern lifestyle. From energy-efficient kitchens and water-saving bathroom designs, to building a truly eco-friendly entertainment center in your home, there is always a way to up your game and imbue your home with the green mindset. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to make your TV-watching experience more energy-efficient.
Search for the right kind of label
Contemporary household appliances come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. But did you know that you can also choose your appliances, specifically your TV and its complementary electronics, based on their level of energy consumption? Yes, you really can. When selecting your TV model, the Energy Star rating should be one of your primary concerns. This declaration will tell you how much energy the appliance is consuming passively (when idle or plugged in) and actively (when turned on), and how much energy-saving potential it actually has. Using this information, you can easily discern between the energy wasters, and the energy savers in the product line. Opt for the one with the greatest conservation rate for maximum long-term savings.
Optimize your viewing experience
You might be under the impression that a bigger TV is always a better option, and that a bigger unit will help you create that movie theater vibe in the room. While it is true that the unit should be of decent size to allow everyone to see the screen perfectly wherever they’re sitting, bigger might not always be better. First of all, a bigger TV will almost always require more electricity than its smaller counterparts. Besides, by arranging the TV wall mounts just right and complementing the setup with an immersive surround-sound system, you can easily create an amazing viewing experience without spending exuberant amounts of money on an oversized unit you don’t actually need. It’s all a matter of perception, so keep the TV slightly above eye level when sitting down, and make sure the screen is easily-viewable from every corner of the room.
Opt for modern LED screens
Before LED screen technology was perfected, people usually opted for the more precise resolution of LCD televisions. Nowadays, though, LED screens are making a huge comeback, as the technology offers numerous viewing and conservation benefits that LCD screens can no longer match. Most importantly for you, LED TVs consume a fraction of the energy that would have been wasted on traditional LCD televisions, and without sacrificing viewing quality. Choose the right LED television set, and you could cut your TV’s energy consumption by a third! In the long run, this will have a significant impact on your electricity bill.
There’s a green viewing option, you know
There are a number of ways to make your TV more energy-efficient, you only need to change your viewing habits a bit to make it work. Keep in mind that modern TVs come with preset eco-friendly settings for you to choose from, so don’t be afraid to push the little green button on the remote. Don’t worry, it will just optimize the display settings for lower energy consumption. If you don’t have a little green button, then you can do this manually. Go ahead and tinker with the brightness. To lower the brightness without sacrificing viewing quality, first close the blinds and dim the lighting in the room. This will help you reduce energy expenditure and protect your vision. If you opt for a LED model, then you can also turn on the local dimming setting. This will lower the energy expenditure even further without reducing viewing quality.
Install a master kill switch
Almost every appliance, from the toaster to the TV, consumes energy passively. This means that if you keep your appliances plugged in all the time, you’re actually wasting tiny amounts of electricity. It might not sound like a big deal, but it can rack up over the months and lead to a needlessly inflated electricity bill. Instead of wasting energy like that, simply make it a habit to unplug your entertainment center when you’re not using it. This can be quite a hassle, granted, so instead of unplugging every cord, simply install a master kill switch that connects to every electronic device in the room. When you’re done watching, just flip the switch to cut off the main power supply. Making your home more energy-efficient is a rewarding experience that can have numerous long-term benefits for you, your household, your family budget,