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Audio Visual

You can start to save money and energy around your home with just the flick of a switch. Powering audio visual equipment accounts for 18% of an average Australian household’s energy consumption.

Standby Power

Many appliances use standby power when you’re not actually using them. Look for a small red light indicating they are in standby mode.

Here are some energy saving tips to help you reduce your standby power use:

  • Switch off any entertainment appliances that are not being used.
  • Encourage the kids to turn off games consoles at the wall when not in use.
  • If your household has more than one TV, make a rule for only one to be on at certain times – it’s a great way to spend quality time together.
  • Have a no TV, no computer night every month. Bring out the old board games for some nostalgic fun and power saving.
  • Use a power board to switch everything off at once, or consider buying one with individual switches that allows you to control which devices are on and off.

Choosing an energy-efficient TV

These energy saving tips can help you reduce your standby power use:

  • LCD and LED screens tend to be more energy efficient than plasma screens.
  • Newer TVs now come with eco settings to help reduce energy usage.
  • The larger the screen, generally the more electricity it will consume.

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18%

audio/visual

Source: The Australian Residential Electricity Atlas 2011, Connections Research 2011.