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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

Dim the screen on your TV to save money. — Christine Glade/Getty Images

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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Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues. Have a question for Sid Kirchheimer about a new product, a new kind of bank account? Check out the Ask Sid archive. If you don’t find your answer there, send a query.

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