Big Screen TV’s, The New SUVs

Why does this not surprise me, since the same people that tool around in SUV’s invariably have one of these monstrosities hanging on their wall? Big screen, high definition flat panel displays draw more energy than older television sets, and the stars are aligning for a massive upswing in electricity use. Prices on these gargantuan sets are dropping, and television use is on the upswing with DVD’s and video games surging in popularity. Given the fact that most people keep their TV’s for 5 to 15 years, and these new sets draw 50% more electricity than older televisions, be prepared for a whopping increase in home electricity bills.