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Home Entertainment Systems- How much are they REALLY costing you?

We all love our televisions, home sound systems, cable, and game consoles. But do you know how much they’re costing you after you bring them home and plug them in?

If you have a home entertainment system, including a smart HDTV, cable box, sound system and a game console, you could be paying more for them even while they’re not in use.  

 

Your TV

A typical 55” LED TV in use for 6 hours per day uses 67 watts of electricity every year, costing you about $16.06 annually. This is compared to 136 watts on a traditional non-LED TV (for $32.70 a year). These figures aren’t bad on their own, but they don’t include power used by consoles and cable boxes.

 

Your DVR

Even when your TV is off, your DVR runs at full capacity to keep certain features on, like recording your favorite shows when you aren’t home, keep the clock running, and staying connected to the cable provider. The average set-top box uses 32 watts when turned on and 31 watts when “turned off,” averaging an annual consumption of 446 kWh or 51 watts. A breakdown of the numbers is available  here.

 

Your Gaming Systems

Many homes also have game consoles like the PS4 or the Xbox One, which demand a large portion of energy in return for their graphics and streaming features. The NRDC calculated that the PS4 uses 137 watts when playing games and 89 watts when streaming videos, whereas the Xbox uses 112 watts when playing and 74 watts when streaming. If you have the ‘automatic on’ feature for Xbox enabled (which lets you turn your console on by speech) your console is left constantly in standby mode, which accounts for 40% of the power an Xbox consumes annually.

 

Your Surround Sound

Surround sound systems can also consume large amounts of energy, depending on the model you own. Base model systems generally use between 50 - 70 watts annually, where a mid-range model consumes between 300 - 400 watts per year.  Those of us who insist on a top notch listening experience can expect to pay accordingly, as a top of the line system will consume even more than an average model. Higher-end systems come with better speakers and high-powered control boxes which, surprise, use more electricity. Quality comes at a cost!

 

How to Save Money and Energy

There are several ways to save money on your home entertainment systems and energy bills without giving up cable and Call of Duty.

 

1. Upgrade If you have an older TV,  consider upgrading to a newer Energy Star rated LED TV (it doesn’t have to be a smart TV), which consumes significantly less electricity than older ones. Also, a smaller TV will use less electricity (so perhaps no home IMAX system if you’re looking to keep an energy budget).

 

2. Get Smart (Strips) Reducing the energy consumption DVRs is more complicated, but the best way is to invest in a smart power strip. A smart strip can be set on a timer so it will completely turn off the DVR while you’re out of the house and turn it back on a few minutes before you come home. Of course, this means it will not record anything during this time.

 

3. Check the Efficiency Rating For surround sound systems, try to purchase one that is Energy Star rated (many of them aren’t) or consider whether you really need the high-end model compared to the base model.

 

4. Don’t Stay on Standby As for game consoles, make sure you have standby mode turned off and you’re fully powering down your devices when you’re not using them. When it comes to streaming videos on Youtube or Netflix, stream them using a Blu-ray player or the apps on your smart TV instead of on your game console. If you don’t use your sound system or game console daily, consider unplugging them when not in use.

 

When it comes down to it, making energy-conscious decisions when purchasing your appliances AND making sure they’re not running when they’re not in use will make the most difference in how much they cost you over time.

 

Check it Yourself

To find out the amount of electricity your TV uses, here’s an online calculator that will give you an estimate of how many watts of electricity (per year) an average TV is using when turned on.

Comments

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Very good material to help save electricity with TV systems. I'll follow the tips. Thank you!

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