A quick guide to energy-efficient TVs

There's a lot to consider when buying a new TV, but there’s one thing you may have forgotten about: an ENERGY STAR®-certification.

You’ve seen it before: the little blue ENERGY STAR® sticker on products that help consumers make energy-efficient buying decisions.


Products get ENERGY STAR®-certified if they’ve been found to deliver cost-saving energy efficiency to help reduce your costs.


What makes a TV energy efficient?

  1. Automatic brightness control adjusts the brightness of the TV to complement the room it’s in. This not only improves your watching experience, but also saves energy.

  2. Local dimming is found primarily in LED-backlit TVs. It turns off or dims parts of the backlighting to deepen blacks, which adds depth to the picture and reduces the amount of energy the TV uses. LED-backlit TVs are now the dominant models on the market. They use LED lighting to backlight the TV's picture, making them more energy efficient than older LCD models that used CCFLs, or cold-cathode fluorescent lamps.

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Did you know?

ENERGY STAR®-certified TVs are on average 27 per cent more energy efficient, meaning they can help you save money on your electricity bill.


  1. Picture modes are settings that you can choose – like vivid, movie or dynamic – that may require more energy. To keep your TV's consumption as low as possible, use the ENERGY STAR®-certified default setting.

  2. To be ENERGY STAR®-certified, a TV needs a sleep mode in which it consumes one watt or less.

  3. A final consideration

    Before heading out to buy a new TV, consider your space and buy the right size for an optimal viewing experience. The ideal viewing distance is 1.5 times the TV screen size. Larger TVs typically use more electricity than smaller ones, so choose a model that is right for your entertainment area.

    Good luck in your decision and happy shopping.

You can find more information on ENERGY STAR®-certified TVs here.