How to get your appliance to perform most efficiently

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that UK households spend between £50 and £86 a year on appliances and electronics on standby. That amounts to something like 16% of our domestic electricity. TVs are one of those appliances often left on standby, consuming energy when not even in use. 

Switch it off. Not leaving your TV on standby could save the average multiple-TV owning household up to £86 per year on electricity bills.[1] So make sure you switch your TV off at its power switch or at the socket. 

Make sure the TV you buy has a power switch. This will allow you to switch off the standy function and save energy. Top10 lets you filter the TVs in its listing by whether they have a power switch or not. 

Disable energy-hungry modes. Idle modes such as ‘fast play’ or ‘quick start’ can contribute  about 25W on average to standby power consumption as a user-selected option.[2] 

Check your TV’s brightness settings. The factory settings on TVs are often brighter than necessary for home use. Make sure the brightness setting on your TV is suitable for your room – reducing brightness levels significantly lowers power consumption. 

Use ambient light sensors if your TV has this feature. The sensor adjusts the backlight of the TV according to how dark or light the room is. Watching the TV with the lights off, can reduce energy use by 30 to 50% if this feature is enabled. 

Use the screen blanking feature if you you use your TV to listen to digital radio channels. This feature switches off the screen if left idle for a set period of time. To save more energy still, get a digital radio instead.

References

 

[1] Energy Saving Trust

[2] TV Energy Consumption Trends and Energy-Efficiency Improvement Options, Environmental Energy Technologies Division - International Energy Studies Group, July 2011