Don’t be too quick to trade in that old 30″ tube television you have in the family room, especially if there’s nothing really wrong with it!
Using the Appliance Calculator on horryelectric.com, we calculated the estimated annual cost of a 40-49″ plasma; a 50″LCD and a 30″-36″ tube television. You may or may not be surprised at the results.
A 40″-49″ plasma television was the most expensive at an estimated annual cost of $62.05 per year. The 30″-36″ tube television was the least expensive at an estimated $22.63 per year. Both totals were based on using each television four hours a day.
It is the wattage of an appliance and the kWh required to run it for a specific period of time that makes the difference. The plasma television, rated at 400 watts, running for four hours a day, required 621 kWh of energy use in a year. The tube television, rated at 115 watts, running for four hours a day, required only 226 kWh of energy use in a year.
The LCD television was more efficient than the plasma television. Rated at 215 watts, running for four hours a day, it required 329 kWh of energy use in a year.
How does that impact your electric bill?
You often hear us saying ‘Little changes can add up to big savings’, but little changes can also add up to bigger costs. The operating costs for the three different types of televisions, in dollar figures, range from $62.05 per year for the plasma model running just four hours a day to $22.63 per year for the tube model running the same number of hours per day.
That’s just one example. Using the Appliance Calculator on horryelectric.com, you can estimate the annual operating costs of just about everything from refrigerators to curling irons. Additional tips and information can be found on TogetherWeSave.com.