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Californians May Say Goodbye to Plasma Screens

1/28/2009 12:01:22 PM

Tags: California, plasma screen televisions, energy efficiency, electricity

While they provide a beautiful, clear picture, plasma screen televisions are a huge detriment to the environment, and California could be the first state to ban them. Earlier this month state regulators in California began drafting a plan to remove all plasma screen televisions from retail shelves. Plasma screen and LCD TVs gluttonize electricity and account for 10 percent of all Californians’ electric bills, according to the Los Angeles Times. The new rules, which are expected to go into effect by mid-2009, would only give consumers the option of choosing a more energy-efficient model.

Last year California was ranked number one in energy efficiency by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Officials say the standards, once fully in place, would reduce the state's annual energy needs by an amount equivalent to the power consumed by 86,400 homes. The LA Times says that during peak TV viewing times, such as during the Super Bowl, the electricity used to power those TVs is the same amount used to power the San Onofre nuclear power station at full capacity.  

But California isn’t the only place banning plasma screens from stores. The European Union is also putting a ban on certain energy-draining plasma screen televisions. The Daily Mail says the legislation should pass this spring and will remove the most energy-consuming televisions from store shelves and will place a label on all other TVs encouraging energy efficient choices. 



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Kenneth Gregory Tibbits
1/30/2009 11:10:25 AM
I've installed six solar photovoltaic panel powered battery bank systems to power about 75% of our ranch property. This method relieves me of the high cost of hiring contractors to connect to the electric grid the sun-generated direct energy supply. So when I purchased a 42" plasma TV I called Samsung and asked to talk to an technicle services expert about whether the TV could be powered using a modified sine wave inverter (inverters change the 12 Volt DC solar electrical current to 120 Volt household, or grid type, current), or would I have to buy a more expensive pure sine wave inverter to power the TV without damaging it? The engineering department rep said the modified sine wave would work fine on the TV. Since I use the Southern California Edison's TOU (time of use meter), I power most everthing I use during the on-peak hours of weekdays from 10:00 AM to 6:00 with solar energy, this knowledge was good news to me. The previous TV, which had broken down, took 75 watts, the new one took 350 watts, although a large energy-use increase, was no troduble for one of my battery banks to run, which was usually getting the batteries overcharged anyway. So the higher TV use of electricity actually now helps me keep one of my battery banks from overcharging, elimininating the need for a charge controller to be connected between the solar panels (three 50 watt SolarWorld modules wired in parrallel outputting thus 150 watts of 12 Volt DC current charging an old Army surplus sealed lead acid military vehicle battery)! The benefits of solar energy include having more electricity than I usually even need!

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