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The average household spends $200 each year on TV related energy bills per set. That can quickly add up, especially depending on how many TVs you have in your home. Want a bigger, better TV that saves you money and reduces your global footprint? We can help you find a more energy efficient TV to suit your needs. Take a look at our buying guide – we’ve broken down the important information to help you find just what you need quickly and easy.

Buying Guide

In addition to energy performance, there are many other important operating and convenience features to consider when shopping for televisions.

LCDs are transmissive displays because the light isn’t created by the liquid crystals themselves. Instead, a cold cathode backlighting source (bulb) behind the panel shines light through the display.

LEDs are LCD, flat panel display televisions that use LED backlighting instead of the lighting used in other LCD televisions. The use of LED backlighting allows a thinner panel, lower power consumption, better heat dissipation, a brighter display and better contrast levels.

High-Definition TV (HDTV): HDTVs feature at least 720p horizontal and 1280p vertical scan lines (p = progressive scan). They have approximately six times the number of pixels as a standard set and the pixels used are much smaller, resulting in a much sharper picture.

Pixels: “Pixel” is short for “picture element.” A pixel is the smallest item of information displayed on a television screen. Think of pixels as the tiniest dots that the picture is made of.

Progressive Scan: A way of displaying images in which all the lines of each frame are drawn in sequence, providing a smoother, clearer video.