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Apr 12

How finding yellow gets you green


A foil ball

It's a start . . . .

Everyone is looking to go green these days, and it’s not just about saving money. Less energy consumption doesn’t always translate into “Big Bucks” savings on a yearly basis– on some of the top rated flat screen televisions I’m looking at, the savings may only be $6.00 a year. But just like PeeWee Herman‘s huge ball of tinfoil, energy savings are a little bit here and a little bit there, and they start to really add up. They add up on an individual basis, and perhaps even more importantly, on a large scale basis. Metaphorically speaking, across the board energy savings will build a ball of foil so big, Peewee could’t even roll it (let alone find someone to give it to).

It’s yellow so you see it

Every appliance, television and AV receiver come with an energy consumption label. These labels list the range of average energy consumption for other, comparable products, and then shows where your specific product falls within those guidelines. I never buy a product without looking at this label, and you shouldn’t either.

This tag is the best indicator of energy usage, and will help you find the best energy values. Of course, many of these products are labeled as Energy Star products as well, but a look at the yellow label tells you what your actual cash output will be for running your product.

Sometimes, I’m a bad boy

people watching TV

Getting ready for the big show

That’s not to say that I’ve always bought the product that has the lowest energy consumption- there have been times where the features, or the size, or just the over-all coolness of a product has made me rank energy consumption as a lesser quality, but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t aware of the cost, I just based my decision on other factors.

But these labels are there for a reason, and the smart consumer makes sure they have all the info.

It’s embarrassing, but I like TV

I have chosen top rated flat screen televisions to point out the possible energy savings you can find with careful shopping. Each of these top rated flat screen televisions uses energy at less than the lowest average for comparable products, making them amongst the greenest products you can get. And many other appliances sport this label as well, including refrigerators and washing machines. So find the label, use the label, save some money, help the planet.

It’s why they’re yellow: so you can recognize them!

My top 5 flat screen TVs for efficiency

Sony KDL-46HX20

The Sony KDL-46HX20 uses less energy than the industry standard!


The Samsung UN40D5500 is way under average! No, that's a good thing!!


So far under average you'll save a bunch o' cash with the LG 55LS4600.


Look, the Panasonic TCP65VT30 is under average and saving some green.


The LG 47LS4600 is another TV that saves extra green for you and the planet.

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