A study conducted by THX recently discovered a secondary benefit to high def display calibration. When comparing professionally calibrated pictures to the Vivid or Dynamic settings commonly used by consumers, the energy savings was as high as $50, or 50 percent.
In all cases, a properly calibrated viewing mode saved at least 15% in energy costs. Older plasma TVs, those manufactured before 2008, saw the most benefit from calibration with newer models generally seeing less.
"Newer HDTV models are using less energy than ever before as a result of advances in panel manufacturing,” stated THX Director of Education John Dahl. "While the U.S. Department of Energy's ENERGY STAR standard is driving manufacturers to reduce on-mode energy consumption, both new and older plasma and LCD HDTVs can experience additional energy savings as a result of professional video calibration."