how much does it cost to run a basic television 24 hours a day?

If you are to run a 32" LCD television with 98-156 watts for 24 hours, at $0.13 cost of electricity (per kWh), you are about to pay $0.31 to $0.49 a day.

If you're concerned about how much juice your next TV will use, here are a few tips on how to keep the power bills lower:

  • Buy an LED TV. They use one-half to one-quarter the power of a comparably sized plasma. Some LEDs are more efficient than others, such as local-dimming models

  • Buy a smaller TV. A 32-inch LED TV uses about half the energy of a 60-incher.

  • Watch with a dimmer picture. Light output is the largest factor in how much power a given TV uses.

  • Watch less TV. In case you're wondering, TV "standby" power use amounts to pennies per year.

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Updated on Monday, July 15 2013 at 09:49AM EDT