Too many television sets in a home are unnecessary for several reasons, whether they are being used regularly or not. The goal is to not let cable TV deals grab a hold of your everyday routine.
All of them running can add up to higher energy and maintenance bills. Important reasons to cut down on the number of TVs in your home whether they are old or new have to do with environmental, health, and social issues. It’s a good idea to avoid being a passive “couch potato” who’s glued to the tube, as everyone needs a certain amount of physical exercise and social interaction.
If you use all small flat-screens LCDs then your energy savings will be noticeable compared with old CRTs or bigger screens. While newer 32 inch flat-screen LCDs use 50 watts, 42 to 65 inch plasma TVs use 90 to 214 watts compared with older CRTs that use 65 to 133 watts. Larger flat-screens up to 65 inches can use as much as 198 watts. Usually the more modern the unit is, the more energy efficient it is. One way to save energy is to plug TVs into power strips.
In 2011 the Federal Trade Commission began to require all TV manufacturers to include an Energy Label Guide on their units that gave consumers information on the average energy costs that the sets generate per year. A TV that only uses an average 37 watts, for example, might cost $8 per year. Running several TVs all the time can add up, especially with energy prices being very unpredictable.
Certain types of flat-screen LCD televisions can include toxic waste if they consist of cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs). These lamps contain mercury, which is an environmentally harmful chemical. LCDs with light emitting diodes (LED) such as the Sony EX520, however, do not use mercury. TVs that use LED backlights, which are growing in popularity, are more environmentally friendly and can also help reduce energy costs by 12 percent.
A person who watches television several hours per day can eventually face several adverse health risks. In 2006 a Cornell University study was reported in Time Magazine linking the rise in autism with the growth of cable TV viewing in the 1970s and 1980s. It’s important to note, however, that several other causes to autism have been found since this study. Other studies show that excessive television viewing can increase the chances of problems with vision, attention span, obesity and even more serious health issues.
According to Dr. J. Leenert Veerman, who published a report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, every hour that a person watches TV shortens their life by 22 minutes. He concluded that watching TV six hours a day can shorten a lifespan by five years compared with people who never watch TV. Furthermore, in 2011 the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that a study at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston found that watching television beyond five hours per day increases risks in diabetes, heart disease and early death.
Keeping Life Enjoyable
Television should be consumed moderately. One of the reasons for so many growing health problems in America these days is that people don’t get enough physical exercise. Just walking can help keep the body in shape. The average American watches TV two to five hours per day, which cuts into time the person could be doing something productive. Another problem with several TVs in one home, especially in a family household, is that it can reduce interaction between family members.
While it’s convenient to have more than one television in a household in case different people want to watch different shows at the same time, multiple TVs can lure several people toward passive lifestyles while shortening the lifespan of each TV, as newer models usually require more expensive repair work. Planning out and limiting your viewing helps reduce over exposure to the tube while increasing appreciation for your favorite programming.
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