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Which TV Will Reduce My Electric Bill?

By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2013) -- Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to swann@tvpredictions.com

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 York.

The 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 35 inches.

In the 50-inch category, Samsung has 15 sets, including the top five. The list is headed by Samsung's 55-inch LED
UN55EH6030 series; its 55-inch LED UN55ES6003 series; and its 55-inch LED UN55ES6100 series.

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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 electricity.)

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
LC-60LE847U 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 operate.

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
LED E20i-A0, 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 to

Products mentioned in the article:
Samsung's 55-inch LED UN55EH6030 series
Samsung 55-inch LED
UN55ES6003 series
Samsung 5-inch LED
UN55ES6100 series.
Sharp 60-inch LED
LC-60LE847U series.
Vizio 32-inch
LED E20i-A0

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