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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Got plans this Sunday? If you are like most Americans, you will probably find yourself sitting in front of a television, watching Super Bowl 50 armed with good food, drinks and great friends. Last year’s game was the most watched in Super Bowl history, with over 114 million people tuned in. That’s a LOT of televisions plugged in and turned on!  Whether you plan on using the big game as an excuse to purchase a new TV, or you just want to make the most of the one you already have, ENERGY STAR can help you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint without missing a moment of the game or the awesome commercials.  Here are the top 5 things you need to know about energy efficient viewing:

Top 5 Ways to Enjoy the Big Game without Using Big Energy

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  1. Look for the ENERGY STAR the next time you purchase a new television. ENERGY STAR certified TVs use 30% less energy than conventional models, saving you money and protecting the climate.
  2. Use your TV efficiently: Televisions account for a third of the electricity you use in your home to power electronic products. Employing automatic control features to adjust the brightness of your TV (depending on the light level in the room) can reduce power consumption by up to 30 percent--and it will not compromise the quality of your picture!
  3. Sound is an important part of the big picture: Sound bars are one of the hottest trends in television audio, and models that earn the ENERGY STAR are 78% more energy efficient than standard models.
  4. How you get the game is just as important as the actual television set: Did you know that you can ask your cable/satellite provider for an ENERGY STAR certified set top box? Those that have earned the label are on average 35% more energy efficient than standard models. ENERGY STAR partners like DirecTV, AT&T, Dish Network and EPB all offer certified boxes.
  5. Stream Smart: The game will be streamed live by CBS, and that gives viewers more options than ever in catching every play. Make sure you stream smart by streaming on the most energy efficient devices. DYK? Streaming through a game console uses up to 10 times more energy than streaming on a laptop or tablet.

Saving energy does not have to take away any of the fun from the big game—and you can make a big difference for the environment. Just think, if all televisions sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, the energy cost savings would grow to more than $830 million each year, and 11 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from more than 1.1 million vehicles. Now that is a reason to feel good no matter who wins on Sunday.

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About the Author: Brittney Gordon is a member of the communications team for the ENERGY STAR Labeling Branch. She doesn’t enjoy football, but she lives for nachos, queso dip and festive beverages.