When buying and using televisions and other home entertainment products such as hard disc recorders and audio equipment, you can reduce electricity wastage.

Your TV might be one of the biggest electricity users in the home - at worst, using more power than your fridge.

Choosing a television

Generally, people choose televisions based solely on price, size and picture quality, but there are other things to consider.

  • The larger the screen, the more electricity it uses - keep in mind that TVs appear smaller in stores than they will in your living room.
  • There are big differences in energy use between TVs of similar size - some use more than three times as much as efficient models. This can add up to more than $1,000 more in running costs over ten years.
  • Look for the Energy Rating Label to compare models - the more stars, the more energy efficient the television. The lower the energy consumption in kWh per year, the less the television will cost to run.

?Energy Rating Label

Smart use of televisions

  • Switch your television off when you're not using it.
  • Brighter screens tend to use more energy - check that your television is set to the recommended brightness.
  • Enable ‘Automatic Power Down’ (also called ‘Eco solution’, ‘Idle TV standby’ or similar) – this turns your TV off after a few hours of you not pressing a button on the remote.

Other home entertainment equipment

Reduce energy wastage from DVD players, hard disc recorders, home theatre systems, set top boxes (digital receivers), games consoles and audio equipment.

  • Switch products off when not in use - either into standby mode or off at the wall. Most modern products have very low standby energy consumption. Older products are more likely to have high standby power.
  • Review products you no longer use regularly - unplug or turn them off at the wall.