Shrink your energy footprint

Times Staff Writer

When it comes to energy, super-size television screens are even hungrier than refrigerators.

Here's a breakdown of the annual electricity cost, based on the Department of Energy's 2007 national average price for energy of 10.65 cents per kilowatt-hour. The researchers assumed eight hours of TV watching per day.

20-cubic-foot refrigerator (newer model with freezer on top): $50

36-inch picture tube TV: $50

40-inch LCD TV: $55

56-inch rear projection TV: $65

52-inch LCD TV: $70

50-inch plasma TV, 720p (lower resolution): $80

50-inch plasma TV, 1080p (highest resolution): $110

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Source: Consumer Reports

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