About "Ask the Energy Expert"
Craig Muccio runs FPL's Conservation Research & Development Program and crunches the numbers to figure out how you can save by managing your energy use.
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Q: My kids love to keep the TV on all day. Could this be the reason my bill is high each month?
You can nag your kids about leaving the TV on, but you might be wasting your own energy; believe it or not, TVs typically aren’t costly energy hogs. Research shows that most of our customers watch about five hours of TV daily. For the typical customer who owns an old TV with a picture tube, the electricity cost is just $10-$30 per year depending on screen size. On the other hand, a new 50-inch flat screen TV uses more---from $23-$54 of electricity a year---with LED TVs using the least and older plasma models using the most. Keep in mind the longer the TV is on, the higher the power consumption. Here’s a hint: look for the Energy Star label when choosing your next TV. For the average customer who watches just five hours of TV a day, a big screen TV with an Energy Star 5.1 label uses less than $20 of electricity a year! Of course, these days, every penny saved helps, so check out our energy saving tips for electronics to save energy with the latest home technologies. If your family wants to save money on your electric bill, take note of the the biggest energy users in your home: Top 5 home energy users
- Air conditioner
- Pool pump
- Water heater
- Clothes dryer
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