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Which TV Will Reduce My Electric Bill?
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Q. I'm in the market
for a new TV but I keep hearing that some sets are energy hogs
that will run up my electric bills. Is there a particular TV
that will save me money on energy costs? -- Val, Buffalo, New
Environmental Protection Agency has published its 2013 list of
the most 'Energy Efficient' TVs on the market and Samsung
dominates the category with 53 of the 79 sets cited.
Sharp is a distant second with seven sets while Vizio, LG and
Westinghouse are tied for third with three each.
For the past few years, the EPA has awarded 'Energy Star'
classifications to TVs and other products that excel in
conserving energy -- and keeping electric bills down -- while
operating. In addition, the agency selects certain products as
the 'most efficient' in their category.
The 2013 'Most Efficient' list for Televisions includes 22 sets
50 inches or larger; 45 between 35 and 50 inches; and 12 under
In the 50-inch category, Samsung has 15 sets, including the top
five. The list is headed by Samsung's 55-inch LED
series; its 55-inch LED
series; and its 55-inch LED
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Based on five hours of viewing per day, the EPA says the three
sets will annually cost just $10, $11 and $11 to operate
respectively. (The costs are based on a 2013
national average cost of 11.5 cents per kilowatt-hour of
The EPA did not release a list of TVs that consume the most
energy, but studies have shown that some TVs and TV set-tops can
set you back $60 or more annually in energy costs.
Sharp is the only other TV maker who has a set in the 'Most
Efficient' list for 50 inches or larger, with seven, including
the 60-inch LED
series, which the EPA says costs $12 a year to operate.
In the 35 to 50-inch category, the EPA has named 45 sets as
'Most Efficient,' including 34 from Samsung. However, a
Westinghouse's 37-inch LCD is tied with five Samsung LCD sets,
one Broksonic 39-inch LCD; two Sansui 39-inch LCDs; and one
39-inch JVC LCD for having the most efficient set in this
category. Each of these sets are estimated to cost $7 a year to
In the under 35 inch category, the agency has named 12 sets as
'Most Efficient,' including four LCD TVs from Samsung. The
leader in the category is a 14-inch Digital Stream LCD which the
EPA says costs just $2 to operate annually. Vizio has three sets
in the 35-inch category, including the 32-inch
which the agency says costs $6 a year to operate.
The EPA list of 'Most Efficient" TVs does not have a single
Plasma TV, which some critics have said consume more energy than
LCD and/or LED sets.
For more information on the EPA's 'Most Efficient' TV list, go
Products mentioned in the article:
Samsung 55-inch LED
Samsung 5-inch LED
Sharp 60-inch LED
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