Digital Ready Televisions Ballarat
Product: A range of high efficiency LEDs and set top boxes
Price: From $240 for a 19inch model to $4,799 for 60inch models.
Cost to run: As little as $20 p.a. for a 19 inch LED,
but up to $150 p.a for 60 inch models.
Supplier: McKnights Retravision, 1239 Howitt St, Wendouree VIC 3355, T: (03) 5339 9322
When we recommend this product
The analogue television signal was turned off in Ballarat on 5th May 2011.
You can get “Digital Ready”by:
1) Installing a SetTop Box to receive the digital signal on your old television.
2) Purchasing a new television that will receive the signal.
Of the new televisions on the market, LEDs are the most efficient. LCD next, but Plasma are very energy hungry. We recommend choosing an LED model with a high star rating. But remember a larger television with a high star rating might use more than a smaller model with a lower star rating.
But before you get excited about going shopping, from a sustainability perspective, your big bulky old CRT (“Cathode Ray Tube”) Television is actually generally an energy efficient model and probably comparable to LEDs and LCD. So you could just get a SetTop box.
Recycling Your Old Television
Over 95% of the metals, plastics and glass in an old CRT Television can be recysled, conserving scare resources and preventing toxic materials entering landfill and our groundwater.
Unfortunately the Ballarat Transfer Station in Gilies St only recycles some of the metals and landfills the rest, toxics and all
McKnights Retravision will actually trade in your old CRT for a discount on a new model and in co-operation with Refit n' Save ensure that 95% is recycled.
How to get the most from this product
Standby power can consume as much as 10% of the electricity in the average home. Turn your television off at the wall instead of the remote control to take it off standby. For more convenience purchase a “Master/Slave” powerboard that turns off all peripheral devices like DVD Players and speakers when you turn off the television, or a powerboard that senses when the television is on standby and turns it off completely.
To get the most life from your digital television we also recommend you protect your appliance from overheating. Wall-mounted units therefore must have adequate air flow behind the screen to allow the unit to keep cool.
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