Counting the cost of home entertainment

March 2011

Australian homes are getting bigger and we’re filling them with more entertainment devices than ever before so it’s important to minimise the energy consumed by your electrical appliances.

According to Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors modern, slim TV sets save space and look good but some can add as much as $100 a year to energy bills.

A large screen TV watched or left on regularly, could potentially be using more energy than the refrigerator so if you’re in the market for a new plasma, LCD or a 3D television, keep an eye out for the stars on the TV screen.

The Federal Government has made star ratings mandatory for TV’s sold in Australia and each extra star represents a 20 per cent reduction in energy consumption.

Despite star ratings, it’s important to use electrical devices efficiently at all times.

It’s estimated that the number of appliances using standby power has increased by 35 per cent over the past seven years alone.

Leaving electrical appliances on standby can account for up to 10 per cent of household electricity consumption, adding more than $100 per year on your energy bills.

Your TV is most likely also connected to a DVD player, set top box, games console or stereo system that aren’t always used when watching TV.

Switching these appliances off eliminates most standby power, but flicking the switch at the power point eliminates standby power completely.

Consider using a single switch power board to turn off multiple appliances at once. These are well suited to entertainment units and home offices.

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