We all know the temptation to leave the TV on in the background, but switching off your TV when you’re not watching will do more than anything else to reduce energy use.
WiiU uses less energy than its predecessor due to its very low power consumption in connected standby mode.
If available, switch on the ambient light sensor of your TV. If you are viewing your TV in a darker room with the sensor switched on, it can reduce power consumption by 30-50% by adjusting the contrast of the picture automatically.
The PS4 and Xbox One are very inefficient when playing movies compared to other dedicated streaming devices (such as laptops or tablets), using 30 – 45 times more electricity.
Many Freeview set-top boxes and video recorders don’t have proper on/off switches because they need to be permanently on to record TV programmes and download software updates. If you want to switch it off, just unplug the box.
The brightness of your TV will be set at factory settings which can waste energy and money. Make sure your TV is re-calibrated for the lighting in your room.
An X-Box one in standby mode uses 15W of power per hour, however every time the Kinect hears you say “X-Box” this jumps to 22W or 23W for a few seconds!
The manufacturing and delivery of a new 42” plasma TV embeds about 220kg of CO₂, however this is relatively low over the lifetime of the TV compared to the CO₂ produced by the same TV left on for 4 hours a day. At 205kg per year this means in just 5 years your TV has increased your CO₂ imprint by more than a tonne.