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Are Energy-Efficient TVs the Cheapest TVs?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (June 4, 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 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 bills.

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 choice.

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