SFGate.com has an interesting rundown on energy-saving HDTVs, based on CNET reviews.
The models surveyed:
1. Olevia 252T FHD
2. Philips 42PFL7432D
3. Samsung HL-T5687S
4. Sharp LC-32D44U
The winner is the Samsung, which received a 7.6 out of 10. The Philips (6.9 out of 10) and Olevia (6.9 out of 10) pretty much tied out at #2.
What fascinates me is the “energy-saving” aspect of these HDTVs. Namely: where is that content in this article?
I dug through every single review and couldn’t find a single reference to the energy savings of any of the units.
Why are energy-saving HDTVs such a big deal? Well, consider that, according to CNET,
it can cost between $33 and $223 a year to watch TV, depending primarily on screen size and technology type.
I’ve read stats that large screen HDTVs, etc. can use as much energy per year as your refrigerator. One of the big contributors: passive or phantom energy consumption, which is essentially your TV drawing amps, and energy, when it’s off.
For model-specific consumption, check out this table, specifically Score (per size).
According to the article, they “measured how much electricity these TVs actually use when they’re on - and off.” The top performers were to be listed there.
But I don’t see anything that makes these HDTVs energy efficient.
Am I missing something? Please let me know if I’ve slipped, as this is slightly confusing!