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Blog Mar 19, 2014

How to Reduce March Madness Energy Costs

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How to Reduce March Madness Energy Costs

Have you filled out your brackets yet?

So, one of the year’s greatest sporting events – the men’s NCAA basketball tournament is here.

If you’re a total fanatic, you’ll spend hours in front of the TV.

And speaking of that television, which can be a real energy hog, what can you do to make sure it uses the least amount of energy possible, while you still get to watch the tournament?

A few ideas:

1. Turn it off when you’re not watching.

Okay, let’s get the easy one out of the way.  Just turn it off when you’re not watching the tournament. Switch it to standby if you have a hard time remembering this.

2. Keep tabs on the brightness.

Usually, the default factory setting is brighter than necessary. Set it to a more appropriate level if that doesn’t interfere with your viewing experience. If your TV has an ambient light sensor, make sure that feature is turned on.

3. Use the radio screen blanking feature.

If you like to listen to the radio through your television when the tournament’s not on, make sure the screen stays blank the entire time by turning on this feature.

4. Do you really need a huge TV?

Did you know a 32-inch LCD screen uses half the power of a 42-inch plasma? If you’re not the type who needs a massive television, keep this in mind when you purchase a new one.

5. Switch to energy-saving mode.

What this does is dim the backlight, which cuts the energy used by up to 1/3. You’ll have to change this setting again at night, but hey, when it comes to efficiency, why not go to all lengths?

6. Buy a new television.

Okay, so this could be the perfect time to justify the purchase of a new television to your spouse.  For example, a LED TV is 20-25% more efficient than the typical LCD or plasma. One Clean Technica article claims a 400% difference in energy usage between the most and least efficient 37 inch TVs! Even if you have a newer one, it may not be energy efficient at all…

7. Look for OLED technology.

It’s still somewhat new to the market, so you might have a hard time finding an OLED TV. But, they do exist, and they’re even more efficient than LED televisions.

Bet you didn’t know all of those ins and outs of purchasing energy-efficient televisions…

And hope you win your office bracket pool this year!

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