TV and entertainment
Watch digital TV with a digital decoder (set-top box)
In order to watch digital TV on an ordinary TV with its own aerial you need to have a digital decoder; this converts the digital signals to analogue signals which your TV can display. You can also replace your existing TV with a TV with a built-in digital decoder.
List of recommended external power supplies and their efficiency based on Energy Star criteria.
Many game consoles are built like computers and consume a large amount of power, even when you are not using them.
Other devices can include video cameras, discmans, MP3 players and exercise bikes. The key rule for these devices is to switch off when they are not in use.
Radio and audio systems
Radios and audio systems come in a wide variety of shapes and forms, and many have low power consumption. But there are still some power guzzlers around.
TV equipment accounts for about 9% of all the electricity you use
The average TV uses around 200 kWh per year, but some new large flat screen models can use up to 660 kWh per year, so it pays to keep an eye on your consumption.
VCRs, DVDs and hard drive recorders
The market for recorders and players has expanded enormously over the last few years. This is where to pick up good advice on how to check the power consumption when you buy your new equipment.