Thinking of getting a new tube to enhance your Super Bowl-watching pleasure?
If you do, remember that big isn’t always better, at least in terms of finding a green TV. Try to stay small — about 25 inches — and go with an LCD instead of a plasma. Energy Star rated products are good, too, but buying a 72-inch Energy Star TV still isn’t exactly what you could call environmentally friendly.
So it’s safe to say that generally the smaller the TV the less energy it will use.
Last year, Jeff and Rachel Hohensee’s winter energy bill was $500.
This year, they don’t even have an energy bill. Jeff, a consultant on sustainable-living topics at Natural Capitalism Solutions, was feeling guilty about his energy-wasting home, so he and his wife set out on a two-year project that transformed it into a net-zero home–meaning it generates more energy than it uses.
They started with easy fixes like switching to CFL bulbs and low-flow showerheads, and getting an energy audit to see where air was leaking from their home. They used caulk and insulation foam to fill the leaky areas.
Eventually, they hired insulators to add materials to the home’s walls. Jeff says they took the process to a higher level by hiring someone from Standard Renewable Energy to follow the insulators with an infrared gun. The infrared photos would show areas where the initial insulation was too sparse, and more was added. Read more