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We have come a long way from large box TV sets. Televisions of the past not only took up a lot of space, but used large amounts of energy to bring you all your favorite shows. With flat screens, televisions not only use less space but have even larger screens. The question now is how green can your TV be?
In recent years companies like Sony and Sharp have both released TVs that require less energy. Both companies have LCD TVs that use less than half the amount of energy as a regular LCD TV (Plasma TVs are much worse). Sony in particular, went an extra step to save additional energy by creating a sensor that adjusts the backlight to ambient room light. By doing this it creates an energy-saving type switch that cuts all power to the TV set as if it were unplugged. Many companies now also offer and LED choice as well, which uses the least amount of energy among the three.
If you are thinking of purchasing a new TV or would like to green up the one you currently have, following a few simple tips can make all the difference.
- Purchase and LED TV. They require less energy than a LCD or Plasma.
- Unplug your TV when it is not in use. As many of us know, even when electronics are not in use, when they remain plugged in they still take small amounts of energy.
- Turn your TV off. Many times people leave the TV on to sleep, for background noise, or leave a room and forget it is on. Be sure to turn off the TV whenever you are not actively watching it.
- Check for overheating. If you have had your TV on for awhile, touch the back of it and see how warm it feels. The hotter a TV is to the touch, the more energy it is using. Make sure to give the TV a break. Go outside and enjoy the day!
- Limit the amount of TVs in your house. Do you really need a TV in every room? Though it might be hard for some, limiting the amount of TV’s in the house can not only cut down your energy costs, but can also bring family and friends together for quality time.
Disney is the first major entertainment company to take a stand against child obesity and ban ads for unhealthy foods. In a blockbuster announcement this week, Disney has announced certain guidelines it will uphold for all commercials within their programming on all their TV networks and radio stations directed towards kids. Beginning in 2015, ads that promote products with high sugar, calorie, or sodium counts will no longer appear within Disney related programs. Companies can’t just change one product receive Disney’s approval, they must also offer a line of healthy choices for children.
Advertising continues to be one of the biggest sources of revenue for entertainment, so the fact that Disney, one of the biggest major media corporations in the world, is showing this corporate responsibility is a huge step. Hopefully, other children’s outlets such as Nickelodeon will follow in step. And hopefully, all entertainment companies will start monitoring their ads more closely for kids AND adults.
As the food revolution continues, it’s great that kids will now be less influenced to purchase unhealthy foods. We remember seeing ads for new foods and immediately asking our parents for them. Fortunately, our parents were great at policing our food. And our parents also had a garden and cooked regularly using products from the garden. Not every child is raised this way. For those who have the freedom to convince their parents to buy them every treat advertised, now they will be begging for much healthier options.
Photo credit: Babble.com
Green Is Universal, the eco devoted arm of NBC Universal, has been celebrating Green Week across all of the NBC Universal properties this week including NBC the broadcast network, Universal the movie studio, Telemundo, iVillage the website, DailyCandy the email newsletter, and numerous cable networks like SyFy, USA, E!, Bravo, Style, MSNBC, and CNBC. The theme this year is “One Small Act”. All week, green tips, green efforts, and advice on how you can make an impact with “one small act” will be available on the websites and airing throughout tv shows of each of these networks. Tomorrow, Friday, Green is Universal will be completing Green Week with a live event at Green Is Universal’s website from 730p-11p to celebrate Green Week.
NBC Universal, is the largest group of mainstream media properties in the United States, arguably the largest media market in the world. The reach that NBC Universal umbrella has is incredible.
We used to work at NBC’s headquarters located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. We witnessed many green measures put into place such as an extensive recycling program, an effort to turn off lights when leaving rooms and turning off computers when leaving the office, and also a change from jewel cases for DVDs to recyclable paper DVD sleeves (at a TV network, DVDs are EVERYWHERE).
The reality TV spotlight will finally shine on a very green topic next month on The Weather Channel. Beginning April 17th, a show focusing on wind power called Turbine Cowboys will premiere and then continue airing every Tuesday. The show follows turbine technicians that risk their lives to install and repair wind turbines in extreme conditions. Check out the Facebook page for the trailer and some behind the scenes videos that show how intense this profession is.