by Mike Masnick

Big Screen TVs Are The SUVs Of The Electricity World

from the electricity-guzzling dept

Our electricity bills are up these days -- and while the blame can be pinned to our increasing reliance on various electronics from charging gadgets to computers to DVD players to video gaming consoles, one big culprit for many may be the big screen TVs we're buying. Apparently, these suckers use electricity the same way SUVs guzzle gasoline -- but, just like SUVs, don't expect Americans to give up their big screen TVs. Instead, the industry is looking at coming up with some self-imposed standards to make these TVs a bit more energy efficient.

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  1. identicon
    dorpus, Jun 15th, 2005 @ 10:27pm

    big-screen cybersex?

    Don't you want to watch 6-foot-tall genitals in your living room?

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    Factory, Jun 16th, 2005 @ 1:02am

    No Subject Given

    Hmm TV's are not that much of a problem, compared to the big ones of temperature control, lighting and computers.
    So, anyone know of any TV manufacturers who are trying to compete on energy efficiency and have a few lobbists? :)

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    thecaptain, Jun 16th, 2005 @ 4:49am

    Re: big-screen cybersex?

    I guess it would depend on the genitals.

    but 6 foot? Who are YOU watching? And at what theater?

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    Chomper, Jun 16th, 2005 @ 6:25am

    No Subject Given

    I can't believe no one mentions computers. All these high powered processors, video cards and etc. draw A LOT of power. 650W power supplies are not out of the question.

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    Loraan, Jun 16th, 2005 @ 9:53am

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    This study is misleading. According to Engadget, the study grouped TVs into just four categories: Standard-def/Small Screen, Standard-def/Large screen, High-def/Small screen, High-def/Large screen. And, surprise, it turns out that bigger TVs use more power. It would be far more informative to measure power output of several different types of TVs with the same screen size. CRT televisions, for example, use much more power than their lamp-based counterparts (LCD rear projection, DLP rear projection), so a user with an SD CRT-RP television might be using more power than a user with an HD DLP-RP television.

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    jeremiah, Jun 16th, 2005 @ 2:53pm

    i've tested this...

    A friend recently upgraded from an old school Mitsubishi rear-proj bigscreen to a 61" Samsung DLT. We used a power monitor to check the voltage and amps being drawn by the tv.

    The Samsung DLT (the largest screen TV he's ever owned) uses *slighty* more power than a table lamp.

    Typically, the boxes with the biggest power draw will be those with large capacitors: large tube televisions or power amps.

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    ?, Feb 4th, 2006 @ 2:32am

    Re: No Subject Given

    From somebody who measures power consumption very closely, a 650w PS very rarely ever climes to 650w actual power consumed. My computer is very high powered compared to the average desktop. Three CRT (19" and 2 17") monitors, with three video cards, four hard drives, DVD, 500w ps, 3Ghz p4, Axim, several USB powered devices. The most it consumes is 288 watts. Of course, that doesn't count the ink jet printer.

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    tischzr, Feb 19th, 2007 @ 6:32pm

    Power is still an issue though.

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    barbara lucero, Aug 30th, 2008 @ 6:09am

    big screen tvs

    just wondering does it cost more to turn big screen on/off or is it better to leave it on

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