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02.Home entertainment

If you're in the market for a new home entertainment product, consider some of our best green buys. Chances are you'll have your new television or recording device for many years, so the extra costs of an energy-gobbler will add up over time. Our feature on standby energy shows how much you waste by leaving your devices on standby rather than switching them off at the power point.

All energy consumption is based on annual usage amounts unless otherwise stated.

Televisions

According to our TV tester Scott O'Keefe, CHOICE has tested some televisions with as many as 7 stars on the energy label - and the label can be trusted. Low standby energy consumption is legislated. As a rule of thumb, the larger the TV, the more energy it consumes, so consider a smaller 6 star TV rather than the large 7 star one you might have your eye on. Even though the star rating may be higher on some larger TVs, you still need to think about the overall annual energy consumption.

81cm televisions

To find out more about this model and others, see our review of 81cm TVs.

Our 81cm green buy (rating based on energy consumption when in use):

94cm televisions

If you're after a slightly bigger TV, 94cm TVs use less energy to run than their larger counterparts. 94cm green buy (rating based on energy consumption when in use):

Star rating: 6

Energy consumption: 261W

106cm televisions

To find out more about this model and others, see our review of 106cm TVs.

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Star rating: NA

Energy consumption: 155.75W

117cm televisions

The 117cm TVs provide a great mid-size option. Considering some other same-sized units can use as much as 767 W, this unit was a clear green winner:

 

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