Jim Palumbo: Plasma TVs are OK | SummitDaily.com

Jim Palumbo: Plasma TVs are OK

While we salute the work of the High Country Conservation Center and the Eartha Steward column to educate readers about available TV recycling options, I’m afraid the recent advice about energy efficiency offered to readers of the Summit Daily is grossly out-of-date and inaccurate. I represent the Plasma Display Coalition, a group of TV manufacturers whose founders are both global manufacturers and leaders in energy efficiency and environmentally responsible practices.

Because of incredible progress made to improve energy efficiency over the past three to four years, the numbers have changed dramatically. In fact, a new 50-inch Plasma TV now uses even less electricity annually than a mini-fridge you’d find in most college dorm rooms – and far less than a normal fridge.

Today’s TV sets are also far more efficient than the old tube-type sets, some of which typically drew about 300 watts of power. By comparison, a high-definition 42-inch plasma set today consumes as little as 90 watts when in use (that’s less than the power drawn by two conventional light bulbs!)

Likewise, TV standby power consumption has improved so much that the bother of using a powerstrip to control your electronics is also outdated advice. Today’s Plasma sets cost as little as 10 cents per year to have in stand-by mode (when the screen is not turned on.)

Details on energy consumption can be found on the EPA ENERGY STAR web site, where consumers can easily find the most energy-efficient models: http://www.tinyurl.com/TVEnergyGuide

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