Save Energy, Money When Buying a Flat-Screen TV

By Lita Beck
|  Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009  |  Updated 8:56 AM CDT
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Go Green With Your TV Purchase and Save Green

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Shopping for a flat-screen TV? Buying one with the Energy Star sticker could land you a cheaper electric bill.

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Go Green With Your TV Purchase and Save Green

Shopping for a flat-screen TV? Buying one with the Energy Star sticker could land you a cheaper electric bill.
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Shopping for a flat-screen TV? Buying one with the Energy Star sticker could land you a cheaper electric bill.

Energy Star-certified televisions are usually about the same price as comparable models, if not cheaper, and also save on electricity. California is even close to banning the sale of energy-guzzling TVs.

Frankie's Sports Bar and Grill in Uptown Dallas is hoping to guzzle less power by switching some sets to more energy-efficient models.

"Our electric bill is anywhere from 6,000 to 9,000 a month," said Joel Hill.

He said the bill is just the cost of doing business.

"We have to have the game on and have it on in a lot of places," Hill said.

Oncor said the sports bar could save energy -- and money -- by switching to Energy Star-certified televisions.

"You are going to save about 30 percent compared to your old TV right now," said Jeamy Molina, an Oncor spokeswoman.

Hill said the bar has recently added several energy-efficient flat-screen TVs.

"All the newer TVs we replaced were the Energy Star ones," he said.

Robert Sam said everyone can save by switching.

"For the average television -- maybe a 50-inch size -- you are liable to save yourself probably $12 to $14 a year," he said.

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