Despite all the advertising pushing flatscreen TVs as an ecologically friendly alternative to bulky, old-fashioned CRTs, it pays to shop carefully.
You'll want to choose a model that's been EnergyStar rated... and you'll want to be aware of the difference in energy use between the two types of flatscreens: LCDs and Plasma.
Because of all this upgrading, we'll use 50% more energy powering our TVs by 2009.
A few tips for greener TV shopping, after the jump...
- If you're comparing a few different TVs, or need somewhere to start, check out the TVs on the EnergyStar list. They use 30% less electricity than average TVs of the same size. These ratings will be more meaningful in September, when new, more strict requirements kick in. (This article at the Oregonian explains the changes.)
- Brush up on your techspeak. Our sister site unplggd has gone over the energy consumption of plasma TVs and blogged a few low-energy LCD alternatives.
- Think about what you'll do with your old TV when the new one shows up. Best Buy will recycle it for you—but only if you've bought a new TV there. Most cities have electronics recycling options; a quick Google search on the city website should do the trick. And Re-nest editor Stephanie had success freecycling her old tv.
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