Washington, D.C. (June 4, 2013)
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Q. I'm looking to save money
on my electric bill so I am interested in one of these new TVs
that have the Energy Star label, which means it should consume
less energy. (I also am the 'green' type, if you know what I
mean.) But do these TVs cost the same as TVs that are not green?
-- Sophia, Venice, California.
Sophia, that's a great question and the answer can be found in a
recent article by the Christian Science Monitor.
The CSN notes that Enervee.com, a site that monitors TV energy
use, says a Samsung 60-inch (model
UN60F6300) LED TV has an energy efficiency rating of 84 out
of a possible 100. That means if you power it on for five hours
a day over five years, it will cost you just $80 in energy
That sounds great, right? Well, the Samsung set now costs $1,399
at BestBuy.com and $1,397 at Amazon.com and CSN notes that you
can get a comparable Vizio 60-inch LED HDTV for under $1,000.
The Vizio energy cost is a little more -- $85 over five years
compared to $80 for the Samsung -- but look at the initial
savings. There's no comparison.
CSN points out several other examples where the energy-efficient
TV costs more than a comparably-sized set with the same
features, albeit with a slightly higher energy consumption.
Of course, there are other factors that go into buying a TV and
the higher-priced sets may offer some qualities that the less
expensive sets don't have. But if you're strictly looking at
saving money, the energy-efficient TV may not be your best
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