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We often get questions about it; the energy consumption of televisions. Which TVs actually consume the least energy and how can you keep the energy consumption of your TV to a minimum? In this article, we answer the most important questions and give tips to reduce the energy consumption of your TV.

Energy consumption of televisions – Which TV consumes the least energy?

The most frequently asked question is about the type of TV that consumes the least energy. Which TV should you buy exactly to increase your energy bill as little as possible? The answer to this question is somewhat simpler than a few years ago because the large consumer in the field of energy, plasma, is no longer. Plasma TVs are no longer made today, so you won’t find them in stores anymore. Plasma TVs could make the annual energy bill tens of euros higher than an LCD TV and were therefore clearly less energy efficient. Today you can choose from LCD TVs and OLED TVs. Now I already hear some people thinking; what about the LED TV? An LED TV does not officially exist, but manufacturers often use the term. An LED TV is simply an LCD TV with a different type of backlight. Instead of CCFL, LEDs are used to illuminate the panel and thus show you an image. However, it is and will still be an LCD TV. Nowadays you will hardly find any LCD TVs with CCFL lighting in stores anymore, almost all are TVs with LED backlighting. The LEDs are more energy efficient than the CCFL lighting.

Oled is a fairly new technology that we currently only see in LG’s premium TVs, called OLED TVs. An OLED TV uses pixels that can emit light themselves and therefore do not need backlighting. This has a number of great advantages. For example, the TV uses less energy, deeper black levels can be achieved and the TV can also be made slimmer. However, all of that comes at a hefty price. At the moment, OLED TVs are many times more expensive than LCD TVs with LED backlighting. The difference in energy consumption is present, but ends up in euros rather than tens of euros on an annual basis. Read more about what an OLED TV is exactly .

What should you pay attention to when buying a TV?

In addition to being able to pay attention to the type of TV you purchase (LCD or OLED), there are a number of things you can take into account when purchasing a new TV. Perhaps most important is the size of your TV. A larger TV uses more energy, it’s that simple. If you choose a 40-inch model, you will end up with a lower energy bill than if you choose a 65-inch model. You may think of small differences, but a 42-inch TV can consume three times as much as a 32-inch TV. Bigger is often more impressive, but looking purely at energy consumption, it is not always the best choice.

It is also important to compare the different energy labels of TVs. If you put ten LCD TVs with a size of 42 inches next to each other, there is a good chance that the consumption will differ greatly. Not every TV consumes the same and there can be a lot of difference between models and manufacturers. The energy label makes it possible to compare the energy consumption of televisions with the same screen diagonal. The most efficient TVs have an A ++ label (dark green), the least efficient TVs have a D label (red). Most TVs fall into the category A ++, A +, A or B. So read the energy label and compare the consumption stated in the manual.

How do you save energy when using your TV?

There are several ways to reduce the energy consumption of your TV, whether you buy an LCD or an OLED TV. For example, the image mode is an important aspect that is overlooked by many people. From the box, the ‘vivid’ or ‘vivid’ mode of the TV is often switched on or, if it is not switched on, many people choose this mode due to the very attractive colors and high brightness. The big disadvantage of this picture mode is that it ensures the highest energy consumption. Not to mention the fact that in most cases this mode offers an unrealistic display with exaggerated colors and too high a contrast. It is therefore not the best choice for people who want quality and low energy consumption. Therefore, immediately adjust the image mode and choose, for example, ‘film’ or ‘cinema’. This gives you a better picture and a lower energy bill. Read more about the best picture mode for your TV .

It is also advisable not to leave the TV on standby when it is not necessary. For example, use a smart plug that switches off your equipment when you leave the house or connect your TV to a power strip that you switch off when nothing is to be used. Today, TVs do not consume much in standby, but every cent is included if you want to save on your energy bill. If you want to dive deeper into the settings of your TV, there are several adjustments that can lower the energy consumption of your TV. This way you can activate the light sensor so that the TV itself sees whether it is light or dark in the environment. In a dark environment, the brightness is then lowered without affecting the image quality. It is more comfortable for your eyes and it saves energy. You can also create a day setting (light) and a night setting (dark) on many TVs so that you have an optimal image in every situation and use as little energy as possible. You can read more about this in our articles about optimally setting up your TV .

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