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Big Screen TV smlrAs they’ve stretched from four- to five- to six-feet wide, big screen TVs have become the butt of jokes and a symbol of Western excess.

Thankfully, our ever-enlarging TVs have shrinking electricity needs.

“TVs are very much an energy efficiency success story,” says Anthony Fryer of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project.


TV energy consumption in the US has dropped 57 percent since 2006, even as screen sizes grew by 30 percent, according to the ASAP, which just released an analysis of TV electricity use depicted on the graph below.

TV Energy Consumption Goes Down

(Graphic: Analysis by Natural Resources Defense Council/Energy Solutions)

The chart was made possible by a new tool developed by the US Department of Energy (DOE) that tracks and measures TV energy consumption.

The progress in lowering energy consumption by TVs “can largely be attributed to a robust ENERGY STAR® program for televisions, strong state standards in California (and now Connecticut and Oregon), utility incentive programs, and of course the innovation of manufacturers, Fryer explains in a blog.

Still, TVs in the US consume considerable electricity, about 65 billion kWh each year or about 4-5 percent of the electricity used by all US households.