Nation-wide, TVs account for 40% of household energy use. That is an astounding number.
If you must constantly monitor the TV world in case something interesting comes on, use a small, energy-efficient TV. You can always switch to the energy hog when you need a bigger picture of whatever came up and grabbed you.
Or if you’re monitoring the news, use a radio. You can always fire up the TV if you need visuals of the newest catastrophe.
Use an energy star set even if you want a large screen.
This is a bit of a tangent, but too much TV may destroy your soul.
If you’re infirm and friendless, watching TV might be just the ticket. But the rest of us should treat watching TV as a potentially dangerous habit. Your interesting educational programs are like a gateway drug, and next thing you know, you’re watching Dr. Phil.
Besides, those interesting educational programs are created by those who want to feed you what they want you to know.
Television paralyzes its viewers, substitutes for a social life, purveys political lies, sells things you don’t need. If you are in the habit of leaving it on all day, please consider treating your addiction.
I haven’t watched it since I read Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander.
TV creates such a convincing version of its own world that I sometimes wonder if it hooks us on a substitute for reality right at a time when we need more than ever to get outside our little fortresses and engage with the real world.