The Real Cost of Your High Tech Toys

By: Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Angelica Alvarez Email

Tallahassee, FL - Out with the old and in with the new. Many say bigger is better when it comes to televisions but what about when it comes to your utility bill? We know you big screen may not be the costliest item on that bill. Many say their air conditioner takes the cake on that one.

But if the thought of curbing that air conditioner use in the scorching heat has you sweating already we'll break down the dollars and cents when it comes to your high tech toys.

Let's start with your big screen. "Plasma uses more power," said Bob Seaton with Energy Services for the City of Tallahassee, he says while picture quality on a plasma might be better, an LCD will save you some money.

"The light source behind the LCD screen is either fluorescent or LED. The LED is a little bit more energy efficient. Not too much more but not too significantly more, it might be 10-percent more," said Seaton.

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy has a breakdown of what your T.V. may cost you in any given year. For example, your 40 inch plasma uses an average of 441 kilowatts, while the same size LCD will use 77.

Right now you might be thinking, kilo-what? Here's what it boils down to when it comes to the green. Each kilowatt costs 12 cents. That ends up being a difference of about $53 for a plasma and less than $10 for an LCD.

When it comes to another popular electronic in your home, such as your desktop computer, that will cost you around $30. Your lap top will run you an average of less than $10 a year. While these dollar amounts may not seem like much, over time, energy experts say every little bit counts, especially if you're trying to save up for a bigger, better high tech toy.

For more advice on how to be energy friendly in your home go to http://aceee.org/consumer.


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