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Adjust Your HDTV to Save Money

Save on your electric bill by reducing the brightness

dim the HDTV screen to save money

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Dim the screen on your TV to save money.

You can save on your electric bill by reducing the brightness on your high-definition TV. Many are shipped from the factory set at a "retail mode" of screen brightness that displays optimum picture clarity in a showroom. Go to your TV's setup menu and look for "home mode" or some other way to dial down the brightness. This reduces electricity consumption and can possibly save you $50 a year.

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