Eco-friendly TVs are worth considering

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When it comes to your household's energy-consuming appliances, refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and water heaters are usually the items that spring to mind.

But with the Australian government reporting that roughly two million new TVs are purchased in this country each year, it may be time to turn your thoughts to your device's efficiency.

If you are in the market for a new TV this year, checking the energy rating label is an essential part of your decision-making process.

These labels show useful information to help you calculate the running costs of your television and compare it to competitive models of the same size using an easy-to-understand star rating system.

After October next year, the minimum standards for TV efficiency will be increased, as the technology has improved in recent years - so it may also be worth holding out for an even more energy efficient model later in 2012.

Of course, there are other measures you can take to ensure your current TV is running as efficiently as possible.

Making sure your device is completely switched off - rather than in standby mode - when you aren't using it is one way to minimise the impact of electricity prices.

Posted by Charlie Moore