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Flat screen TVs suck a lot more energy
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by Alice Platt

Everywhere we look, it is obvious that the new flat-screen TVs are the new in thing to own. Here are a couple of things you should keep in mind before you buy.

Buying a new television? What you should know before you buy

Everywhere we look, it is obvious that the new flat-screen TVs are the new in thing to own. Here are a couple of things you should keep in mind before buying and installing that new television. First, make sure you dispose of your old one properly!

Do not dump your old TV to the curb!
According to Earth911.org, "Electronic circuit boards, batteries, and color cathode ray tubes (CRTs) can contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury and hexavalent chromium. If improperly handled or disposed, these toxins can be released into the environment through landfill leachate or incinerator ash." So don't throw them away. Follow these guidelines instead:

  • Reuse - Donate your old television to a charity such as Hubbard House, Goodwill, or another charity.
  • Recycle - Duval County safely recycles electronic wastes both at their recycling center and at mobile sites during the year. Find a recycling site.
    St. Johns County also safely recycles electronic waste. Visit their website for a recycling schedule.

Or you can visit Earth911.org and use their search engine to find an electronics recycling facility near you.

Prepare for a higher energy bill

According to the Electric Power Research Institute, "LCD TVs use 75 percent more power—and plasma TVs a whopping three times more—than traditional cathode-ray tube sets." (quoted from U.S. News and World Report; read entire article). Therefore, it's important to keep in mind that the new TV will use more energy, costing more money, contributing negatively against keeping a Cool Home.

   
   

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