How Much Electricity Per Hour Does a Television Use?

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Depending on the size and type of television and the price of electricity in the region, the electricity consumption of watching television costs between 0.5 and 4.5 cents per hour, or 81 cents to $6.77 per month.

Beginning in 2011, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has required every television unit to have a yellow Energy Guide label, which indicates the estimated cost of running the set for a year. This label assumes an average usage of five hours per day and sets the price for electricity at 11 cents per kilowatt hour. To save energy, LED televisions are a popular option, consuming half or even as little as one-quarter of the electricity expended by their plasma and cathode ray tube counterparts.