Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Clinic Proper Ty

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Q. I'm looking at replacing my TV and want to make sure I don't buy something that will cost a lot to run. What should I be looking for to make sure I get an energy efficient model? ALAN says: The UK loves consumer electronic equipment. Every year, we spend more than pounds 12bn on kit like plasma TVs, games consoles and home entertainment equipment, making us the biggest spenders on gadgets in Europe.

The sudden explosion of new technology in recent years has created an insatiable thirst for 24-hour information, communication and entertainment - and, as a result, new demands on our energy supply.

A massive pounds 2.6bn worth of electricity is currently spent powering consumer electronic and computer products alone in the UK every year - that's almost 21% of the average household electricity bill. Thankfully, there are a few simple things you can do when choosing electronic equipment to save money and energy in your home.

Follow these simple guidelines to keep your gadgets energy efficient: * Do your research before you shop - there's no need to compromise on functionality to be more energy efficient.

* Look for the logo - the Energy Saving Recommended logo is a simple and quick way to find the most energy efficient products.

* Ask in store - with energy consumption continuing to rise, the running costs and efficiency of a product are important considerations. Sales staff should have a good working knowledge of the features and benefits of each product.

* Look out for integrated appliances - fewer products means less electricity so buying an integrated digital television, which combines a TV with a digital receiver, is good for both your pocket and the environment.

The new large flat screen TVs can cost nearly three times as much to run as traditional TVs. This can add up to a surprising pounds 63 to a typical household electricity bill every year. …

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