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Bigger TVs may bring bigger electric bills

November 8th, 2005

Speaking of energy consumption: If you’re shopping for a big-screen TV, don’t forget to take energy costs into account.

Not long ago, Andrew Fanara was shopping with his wife for a new big-screen television. Everything was going fine, until the sales clerk discovered Mr. Fanara was an energy watchdog for the federal government. Pulling Fanara aside, the clerk confessed: His own new 61-inch TV gulped electricity the way a big SUV guzzles gasoline.

“The month after he got it, he got a call from his landlord, who noticed a big jump in the utility bill,” recalls Fanara, team leader of the Energy Star program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). “It was the kid’s big-screen television.”

Better efficiency standards from the EPA would help consumers.

• Link: Christian Science Monitor

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