Buying Home Entertainment Equipment

Look for the ENERGY STAR when purchasing a new TV, DVD Player, VCR, audio system, or digital-to-analog converter box. The ENERGY STAR label ensures low standby power use for these appliances—in most cases only 1 watt or less. As of January, 2008, the ENERGY STAR label for TVs will indicate low active-mode power use as well (when the TV is actually on). Under 40 inches, choose a TV with an LCD screen. The average plasma TV uses more energy per year than a modern refrigerator and inch-per-inch, an LCD TV can use up to three times less power than a plasma TV.

Learn more at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy