In some cases, a new household appliance can save a good deal of energy. This is true for refrigerators and freezers, and for washing machines (especially if you choose front-loading). But it’s not true of televisions, as this article,
Appliances aren’t just energy accessories
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Yes, and perhaps the deeper question is an inquiry about energy and enviromental impacts across the life of the product, includig an inquiry on what it took to manufacture it? How do the relative components compare in toxicity from earlier models, and how will it be disposed when it has reached the end of its useful life. Is it being manufactured in a country where environmental concerns are not regulated? And if so, what environmental considerations are being “exported” because it is the right thing to do. Is it designed for disassembly, and recylcing? Many may be surprised to learn how far ahead Europe is in regard to tracking and managing such life-cycle impacts in relation to the U.S.