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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Beautiful UK
There's another angle to look from (and it's not a ruse)!
I had a 10 year old Plasma TV (Fujitsu!) until a few years back and it was utterly reliable, crystal clear picture and still looked brand new. I think I purchased it around 2001 or 2002.
A few years ago I was getting higher than normal electricity bills and it drove me to get one of those utilization monitors that you clamp to your mains wiring at the meter and it has a remote display of usage.
I went round the house turning everything off I could find until I got down to 0 (the last few watts were hard to find as they were little standby lights on plug in air fresheners etc) but I did get it to 0.
I then walked round turning on essentials (boiler, fridge, freezer etc) and all was climbing correctly up - and then I switched the plasma on and KABOOM! my usage went up by about 1200 watts!!! Even on standby it was drawing 500 watts (I may be exaggerating....) but it was massively more than the LCD TV that was in the bedroom.
I still don't know if it had always been like that, or due to it's age it was faulty and doing it - but it was mental.
I killed it there and then and purchased a new LCD and had no issues since.
So, even if your TV won't die of it's own accord, it may well be killing your power usage and should be quietly put out of it's misery in the name of efficiency and greenishness.