Energy Saving Tips for Uswitch TVs, Computers, and Laptops
Energy saving tips for your TV, PC, and laptop that could help you cut down on your electricity costs.
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There are a lot of energy-intensive devices in the house. And while many of them are considered essential, the ones we use most often for entertainment also consume a significant portion of our household energy.
In an average house, the TV, DVD player, decoder etc. represent around 8% of the energy bill, while
computers, laptops and printers account for an additional 5%.
However, with a few simple changes, you can make sure that your entertainment system doesn’t cost a lot of money. Here are our top seven energy saving tips for your TV. Here are Uswitch’s top tips for saving power with your devices.
7 energy saving tips for your TV
Switch off your TV when no one is watching, including the dog. A 2015 Uswitch survey of UK households found that a whopping 42% left the TV on (up to 4.6 hours per week!) For a pet. Turning off your TV when not in use will help reduce energy consumption more than anything else.
Manufacturers have improved Be ready efficiency – in most new TVs the power consumption is usually less than 1 watt – so this is an option if you have a new TV, but if you have an older model this mode may use some energy. energy unnecessarily.
Going into standby mode is better than leaving your TV on, but it’s always more energy efficient to turn it off completely.
Lower the brightness of your TV. The factory settings are generally brighter than necessary for most homes.
Also be sure to turn on the ambient light detector – if you watch your TV in a darker room with the sensor on, it can significantly reduce power consumption by automatically adjusting the contrast of the picture.
If you are listen to the radio through your TV, be sure to use the radio screen removal function – it is a convenient way to save power. Listening to the radio is one of the most enjoyable features of digital TV, but it also has the potential to waste a huge amount of electricity.
If you are buying a new television, consider the screen size and type you choose. An energy-efficient 32-inch LCD screen will typically use half the power of a model with a 42-inch plasma screen.
In general, the smaller your TV, the less it will cost you to operate it, but the type of TV is also crucial, as is its age.
Rather than using the normal display setting on your TV, switch it to energy saving mode, this usually dims the backlight, which means that the power consumption should drop by a third. While you might have to go back at night, this is definitely the best feature to use during the day.
If you are buying a new TV, look for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended Labelso you can be sure that you are buying a TV with optimized energy saving features.
6 energy saving tips for your computer or laptop
1. The easiest choice to make is between a desktop computer and a much smaller computer monitor or laptop. A the laptop is more energy efficient as a desktop and monitor setup.
Laptops, desktops and monitors are becoming more and more energy efficient, especially when you compare LCD or LED monitors with old-fashioned tube or CRT monitors. Again, if you have an older model, it may be worth considering upgrading to a newer, more fuel-efficient model.
Newer machines also have a good power options, so they turn on and off quite quickly, making it less tempting to leave your computer on unnecessarily. It is a sure way to waste energy. You’d be much better off just shutting down your laptop when it’s not in use.
Computers do use similar power whether they are busy or inactive. If you let them do nothing, they use almost as much as if they were calculating numbers or accessing information, which is why ‘standby is so helpful.
Use your power saving setting: these are usually found in your computer’s preferences, and there are normally two options, either standby or deep sleep mode, both will turn off the monitor within a certain number of minutes of inactivity – with an older tube / CRT monitor, power consumption can be cut in half.
do not forget to switch off your computer and all peripherals, such as your printer and scanner, overnight. Check your backup settings and make sure it is configured to run as soon as your computer is turned back on (in case your computer is turned off at the specified time).
Use a smart meter to monitor usage
If you want to know exactly how much energy your TV, laptop or computer is actually using, you can turn to your smart meter.
Smart meters can show how much money your energy consumption is costing you in real time through the home display.
The government’s goal is for every household in Britain to be offered a smart meter by June 2025. Over 15 million have already been installed – if your home is one of them, you can keep an eye on the exact number of your appliances, appliances and more cost you money.