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How to save energy with electronics

While electronics continue to become more energy efficient, we’re also using more of them, more often. Learn how to optimize your browsing, streaming and gaming to save.

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Stream big and save with an ENERGY STAR® TV

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ENERGY STAR® rated TVs use up to 25% less electricity than non-ENERGY STAR TVs. If you're replacing a large, old plasma screen with a modern ENERGY STAR® LED TV, those savings could be far greater.

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Streaming retro games uses less energy than retro consoles

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It’s fun to fire up old gaming consoles. But did you know that you can now stream your favourite retro games on devices such as the Amazon Fire TV Stick? Streaming games for 9 hours a week could save you between $6 and $10 a year compared to playing on your old console.

Streaming ‘til you’re dreaming?

Catch a flick or catch up with friends, all from the couch. Follow our electronics tips to optimize your screen time, and track your usage in MyHydro.


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Streaming ‘til you’re dreaming?

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Curious about standby power? Here's what it costs

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Many customers ask: “Does standby cost more than unplugging?” Studies show that standby power is less than 1% of annual usage. On average, that’s less than $12. So while it does cost more and it’s always better to turn off, standby power probably costs you less than $1 a month.

True or False

Game consoles require up to 40% more power than other streaming devices.

It's true - consider a tablet, Smart TV or laptop instead of a game console.

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Which of these uses the most energy over 6 hours?

Your TV uses more electricity than a laptop, so turn it off when you're not watching!

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Recycle old electronics and save

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Save by unplugging unused devices, or upgrading to something more efficient, and recycling old electronics. Search for a Return-It electronics drop-off location near you.