Everyone knows that, in general, large TVs consume more electricity than small ones, but it seems that EU bureaucrats are just turning themselves on to the idea of banning plasma TVs because they’re not energy efficient.
The yawn-inducing title attributed to plasma sets is “the 4×4 of the living room” (I reported this over at HDTVUK two years ago) because it’s easy to lump them all together as electricity guzzlers.
Sweeping generalisations reported in the mainstream press include such gems as “they use up to four times as much electricity and are responsible for up to four times as much carbon dioxide as traditional cathode ray tube sets.” The clue is in those two words — “up to” — which, just as when applied to your flagging broadband connection, can cover a huge range of values.
In fact, some LCD screens consume a huge amount of power, while TV manufacturers have been working hard to make their tellies – including plasma sets – more energy efficient. There’s also the issue of getting Europeans off their fat bottoms for a few hours each day to go and get some exercise (switching the TV off first, of course). Oops, is that a bit of a generalisation?
In reality, it’s just inefficient TVs that could face a ban, but as many people buy a large flat-panel TV and expect it to have a long lifespan, there’ll be a lot of big, inefficient tellies around for quite some time to come. At least it saves on the heating bill.
Check out HDTVUK’s eight tips for buying a more eco-friendly HDTV for practical things to look out
(Via This is Money)
By Andy Merrett | January 14th, 2009