According to a 2009 survey by Nielsen, about 54% of homes in the U.S. had more than 3 or more television sets, 28% had 2 television sets and only 18% had 1 television set. It’s a fact that less television consumption will reduce the amount of energy being used. Not to mention that extras, such as video game consoles and video recording devices are adding to the energy consumption.
The purchase of plasma televisions are on the rise and CNET reported that plasma TVs use more energy than LCD TVs. I think it is safe to say that Americans are using more energy through television consumption than ever before.
If you want to do your part by making eco-friendly choices in your household, then limiting the time that your family spends watching television and playing video games is a must. Below are five alternatives to watching television.
Every family could use fresh air and exercise. Whether you decide to take an after dinner stroll around your neighborhood or visit a local park, walking together is a wonderful family activity. Leave all of your worries at home and just enjoy the peace of nature and quality time with your family.
Choose something dear to your heart, like working at a local animal shelter, picking up litter within your community or visiting the elderly at a nearby senior citizens home. Not only will the experience enrich your lives, but it will also brighten the day of others as well.
Read a book
If you or your children do not have a library card then this is the perfect opportunity to go to your local library and sign up for one! Making a local trip to the library each week as a family is something everyone can look forward to and we all know how important reading is for all ages.
Go on a Local Field Trip
I live in a rural town and we have many different places to visit for a day trip. There is everything from a railroad museum, a gold mining museum and a historic Civil War Battlefield. If you browse your city’s website, you should easily find some fun and educational places near your home. Most of these places are free or have a reasonable admission fee.
Family Game Day
If you prefer to stay indoors, then pull out all of those board games that have been collecting dust in your closet. Pop some popcorn, make hot cocoa and prepare for a marathon of board game challenges. If your family likes to put together puzzles, make an event of that, too.
More than Half the Homes in U.S. Have Three or More TVs , Nielsen Wire
The basics of TV power, CNET