How Much More Efficient Are 2008 Plasma TV's Compared To Those From 2005?
Yesterday we pointed you to a GOOD magazine article that fingered plasma TV's as being energy hogs even when in standby mode. In fact the article stated that the average plasma set would tack on about $160 annually to your electric bill, just from standby energy consumption. These numbers were compiled in 2005 and plasma models have become a great deal more energy-efficient since then, but Ben Drawbaugh from Engadget HD still thought $160 was a little high. So he measured the standby energy draw on a 60-inch Pioneer plasma and found it to be only 20 Watts. When all the math is said and done that works out to about $20 per year. That's a huge difference and while GOOD mag's calculations could be off, we wonder if plasma TV's in 2005 really sucked up that much energy?
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Posted by Justin Davey at July 30, 2008 2:00 AM
I think they are more efficient, but not that much more.
I think they just got their numbers wrong. There numbers seem to be based on 160 Watts. That is just an insane amount of energy to draw at standby.