Next to get the power meter shoved up its jacksy is the goggle box.
Last night we had a baby sitter round (we went to a Michael Franti concert ) and she watched TV solidly from 8pm to midnight. So the profile might be a bit atypical, but here goes anyway.
The power meter tells me that over the last 24hrs my 28 inch CRT TV used 0.576kWh of juice.
Here’s the power profile:
You can see the big chunk of viewing when the babysitter was here. The TV uses about 80 Watts when it is on. You’ll also see that it uses zero watts when we are not watching, because we are in the habit of switching it off at the wall.
There’s not a lot of scope to reduce our energy use except watch less TV (which isn’t a bad idea).
At least we’ve got an efficient TV. A similar sized plasma would use at least double the power.
P.S. The government announced earlier this year that they are gonna put energy rating stickers on new TV’s. Great news.