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Tips for Making Smart Green Electronic Purchases

We know you care. A survey by CTA found 60 percent of consumers are concerned about their electric bills, and energy consumption was the third-most important attribute to consumers buying electronics, behind features and price. 

And we’re 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.

Did You Know

  • 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 were 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 a 97 percent household penetration in 2013, their total annual electricity consumption dropped 23 percent from 2010. 

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.
  • Use technology to maximize your home's energy efficiency. Use a smart home thermostat to more efficiently cool your home in the summer and warm it in the winter. This also saves money on your electricity bill.