Friday, June 17, 2005

CBS News | As TVs Grow, So Do Electric Bills

"Not long ago, Andrew Fanara was shopping with his wife for a new big-screen television. Everything was going fine, until the sales clerk discovered Fanara was an energy watchdog for the federal government. Pulling Fanara aside, the clerk confessed: His own new 61-inch TV gulped electricity the way a big SUV guzzles gasoline.

'The month after he got it, he got a call from his landlord, who noticed a big jump in the utility bill,' recalls Fanara, team leader of the Energy Star program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 'It was the kid's big-screen television.'"

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