Your entertainment system could save you money during your next Netflix binge

No one will judge you if you opt to put on your Christmas pajamas and stay in for a merry motion picture marathon. But before you do, check to see if your entertainment system is costing you unnecessary dollars.

Key Points

  • It’s Christmas special time!
  • Before you claim the couch for a holiday show marathon, check your entertainment system for energy savings.
  • Your streaming device, TV and sound bar all have settings that can help you save energy. 

It’s cold outside.

It’s dark at 4:30 p.m.

And Netflix created an entire section of cheesy holiday content.

No one will judge you if you opt to put on your Christmas pajamas and stay in for a merry motion picture marathon.

But before you do, check to see if your entertainment system is costing you unnecessary dollars.

According to Energy Star, a home equipped with TVs, set-top boxes, a Blu Ray player and a sound system that have earned the Energy Star label can save consumers nearly $140 over the life of the products.

According to Energy Star, there are some simple hacks to save energy on your Netflix bender:

  • Stream smarter. If your home entertainment system has a game console and a digital media player as streaming device options, always use the digital media player because game consoles use considerably more energy for streaming.
  • Adjust the brightness. Brighter TVs use more energy. Automatic Brightness Control automatically adjusts TV brightness relative to room brightness and reduces power consumption.
  • Use your sound bar’s volume leveling technology. Sound bars can ensure commercials are not louder than show soundtracks. This feature is good for late-night watching, as loud sound effects won't wake sleeping family members. In addition, the lower volumes will save energy.
  • Tell your digital media player to sleep sooner. Some Energy Star certified DMPs, if inactive for a period of time, automatically enter a low-power sleep mode. To maximize savings, you can lower the amount of time it takes for an inactive DMP to go to sleep. If your DMP is not capable of entering sleep mode automatically, manually turn your DMP off whenever you can to maximize your energy savings.

Now sit back, relax and enjoy your Netflix binge. "White Christmas" is a good place to start. 


Sarah FolslandSarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned a degree in political science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the governor’s office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.

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