How much does your TV cost to run? | The Sun

How much does your TV cost to run? | The Sun


THE average person watches five hours of TV a day, but with energy costs skyrocketing it's worth knowing how much it costs to keep your television running.

According to Ofcom, UK adults spent a whopping five hours and 16 minutes every day in front of the TV back in 2021.

Viewing times are down by 25 minutes a day since 2020, as a result of the end to Covid lockdowns.

While the myth that too much screen time turns your eyes square might not be true, too much telly time could definitely be adding to your bills. 

And having a less energy efficient television could be ramping up your costs even further. 

Figures by Which? show that everything from the size, make and energy rating of your TV will have an impact on your energy bills.


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That’s particularly important for households at the moment, as a cost of living squeeze continues to force prices up. 

Energy bills have soared in recent months as wholesale gas prices have surged and costs for a typical household will rise to £3,549 from October 1.

Inflation has now climbed to more than 10%, driven by rising food costs and record high petrol prices. 

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Energy ratings on TVs were tightened up last year, and stricter rules meant many sets that were previously rated A or B were suddenly downgraded to an E of F for energy efficiency.

Which? has looked at how much energy TVs use when they’re being used as well as when they’re on standby, looking at different screen types and manufacturers too.

It has crunched the numbers to work out which are the cheapest and most expensive TVs to run. 

All figures are based on the TV being used for four hours a day and being left on standby for the other 20 hours. 

How much does a TV cost to run? 

A 43-inch 4K TV will cost an average of £20.13 to run a year.

But there’s a big difference depending on which model you have.

The highest running cost, according to Which?, was a LG TV which cost £24.68 a year, while the cheapest was a Panasonic TV at £14.48 a year. 

Unsurprisingly, the bigger the telly, the more expensive it is to run.

A 50-inch 4K TV costs an average of £23.61 a year. 

The highest running cost was a Sony TV at £26.98 a year, but the cheapest was a Panasonic model cost just £19.49 a year. 

If you’re in the market for a bigger screen, the running costs go up again.

The average cost of a 65-inch 4K TV was £31.84 a year.

The most expensive was a Sony TV at £36.25, and this time a Philips model came in cheapest at £30.70. 

Does screen type matter? 

The type of screen on your set will have an impact on the running costs but not a major one.

Which? Found that LCD screens were the most expensive option, while QLED screens were typically the cheapest.

A 55-inch LCD TV cost an average of £28.59 a year to run, compared to £24.83 for a QLED model.

A 55-inch OLED screen came in as the most expensive at £27.07, but was marginally cheaper than an LCD screen on other sizes. 

Which? said: “You’d expect LCD and QLEDs to cost the most to run since they have backlights. 

“The extra layer of bulbs that shine on a colour-producing layer should mean they use more power than an OLED, which was no backlight.” 

Does brand matter?

Before you pick out a telly made by your favourite brand, it’s worth checking out the energy efficiency credentials. 

The research by Which? Found significant differences in the running costs across various brands.

Which? Said: “43-inch TVs aside, it's Sony TVs that cost the most run, but the prices are broadly similar regardless of the brand you choose. 

“The biggest difference is in the 40 to 43-inch bracket. 

“Panasonic, which exclusively makes 40-inch models is cheapest, but of the brands making 43-inch sets there's a £7 difference between the cheapest and most expensive to run.”

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