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Tips for Making Smart Green Electronic Purchases

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Buying smartly will save dollars and energy. 

Editor’s Note: This story is by and was originally published as “Tips for Making Smart Green Electronic Purchases.”

A survey by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) found 60 percent of consumers are concerned about their electricity bills, and energy consumption is the third-most important attribute to consumers buying electronics, behind features and price.

CEA is listening. The consumer electronics industry’s commitment to sustainability is evident in everything from green design and manufacturing of new products to electronics recycling. The industry has made huge strides in recent years on a variety of environmentally friendly attributes.

For example:

  • Even though there are more consumer electronics in the home than just a few years ago, they now account for a lower percentage of electricity usage per household. Consumer electronics represented just 12 percent of residential electricity consumption in the U.S. in 2013.
  • Even though televisions are the most widely-owned device in the U.S., with 97 percent of households having one, their total annual electricity consumption has dropped 23 percent since 2010. To find out more, check out CEA’s Energy Consumption of CE in U.S. Homes in 2013 report.

Here are a couple of smart energy-purchasing tips:

  • Purchase ENERGY STAR certified products. ENERGY STAR-certified electronics provide the same functionality, but use less energy, because they are more efficient in all usage modes: sleep, idle and on. Find out more about how to activate power management on your computer here.
  • Use technology to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. A smart home thermostat can more efficiently cool your home in the summer and warm it in the winter. These devices can also save you money on your electricity bill.

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