The humble television is one of the most commonly-purchased electronic devices – in fact in the United States alone, there are 219,000,000 television sets – a number that continues to increase daily. It is also a domestic appliance that consumes a large amount of energy. This has made electronics manufacturers eager to produce, and consumer eager to purchase, televisions that are more environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient.

If you are shopping for a more environmentally-friendly TV, the first thing you should look at is its lumen output. Make sure you choose a television model that has the most lumens at the lowest wattage to maximize your energy use. Secondly, make sure you choose the right type of television set. Studies have shown that plasma TVs use the most energy, liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are more energy-efficient in comparison. You should also consider the size of your television set. People nowadays are obsessed with having huge TVs, though they often forget the fact that the bigger the screen, the more energy it consumes. Something consumers should always do after purchasing a television set is to make sure it is properly tuned, checking the picture and factory settings can save a considerable amount of energy. Lastly, always look for the Energy Star seal. TV models which are awarded with this seal consume 30-65 percent less energy compared to their counterparts.

As far as manufacturers go, companies such as Samsung, Panasonic and Fujitsu are said to produce the most environmentally-friendly television sets. In their respective ranges, the Samsung series7 range of LED TVs, the Panasonic VIERA and the Fujitsu L and SL televisions come out on top when compared with their other models. If you’re still unsure of which is the best energy-efficient television to buy, visit the CNET ratings page which can help you find a television set that’s a friendlier to both your wallet and mother earth.