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Home entertainment and technology

About this guide

Home theatre systems, smart phones, game consoles and computers are transforming our homes into modern hives of connectivity and entertainment. As the number, size and variety of home gadgetry ramps up—so do our power bills. It's a good time to be aware of hidden energy costs.

  • Televisions are now the fourth largest electricity user in our homes.
  • Video game consoles can add up to a considerable proportion of your energy costs if left on 24 hours a day.
  • Home entertainment products alone are responsible for at least 5 per cent of our household energy use—more than your washing machine, clothes dryer and dishwasher energy use combined.
  • Home electronics and computer products account for around 15 per cent of global household energy use.
  • Electronic (e-waste) is now growing three times faster than any other type of waste in Australia.

The good news is that you can save energy and money with home entertainment and technology and still have a quality viewing and listening experience.

Whether you're in the market for new equipment or wanting to reduce energy consumption of your existing equipment, our guide to home entertainment and technology offers some simple actions to suit a variety of budgets, homes and technical know-how.

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