The average home has two or more televisions. TVs, home entertainment systems, computers and other electronic equipment can account for 10% of the average Victorian household's energy bill. This includes items such as: TVs, VCR and DVD players and recorders, HD and AV recorders and receivers, set-top boxes, games consoles, home theatre systems and stereos.
A number of factors affect how much energy your television uses.
The energy rating label helps you compare the energy efficiency and running costs of different TVs. The star rating is shown in the red band at the top of the label and can range from 1 to 6 stars. The more stars, the more energy efficient the TV will be, and the lower the running costs. Large wide-screen televisions with low star ratings can use as much energy as a medium sized fridge.
Compare the energy efficiency of different TVs (and with different screen sizes) using the star rating system, then use the numbers in the energy consumption box to find out the model's annual energy consumption. When purchasing a new TV, use the Energy Rating Calculator to choose a model with as high a star rating as possible.
Next time you buy a TV, try to buy a model with at least a 5-star rating.
Standby power can comprise as much as 10% of your electricity bill. This is because many people use the standby mode on their devices, which means they are still using energy even when they're not actively operating.
Regardless of the type of TV you have, an energy saving power-board can reduce the amount of energy wasted when appliances (such as TVs) are left on when you're not using them.
The table below shows the annual estimated running cost for different types of TVs based on screen size and star rating.
How we calculated the costs
Calculations assume electricity tariff of 31.9c/kWh, based on a typical Melbourne tariff. This does not include any pay-on-time discount, which would reduce the amount paid.
Emissions greenhouse gas coefficient used is 1.18 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per kilowatt hour.
Regardless of the type of TV and entertainment system you own, you can reduce your energy bills by running your appliances efficiently.
Ensure that when you buy a new product to replace an old one, you take the necessary steps to dispose of your old product responsibly. Recycling televisions will reduce landfill, conserve resources and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases created in the production of new materials.
Find out more about recycling televisions