#Televisions then and now

old TV porte cochère 216.JPG

When I started working in energy efficiency my new colleagues laughed at our TV.

Last week we got rid of it. It had to be manhandled down the stairs:

SD old TV 216

Yesterday I watched the rugby on the new TV. It has an A+ energy rating, the same size screen and a better picture. It is more beautiful and was reasonably priced. It hardly needs its predecessor’s vast table:

new TV sitting room 216.JPG

This is one of those things where you ask yourselves why didn’t we do this ages ago? Or – if you are one of my energy efficiency colleagues – why is my behavioural discount rate so very high?

As a coda here’s a TV rock and roll story: 

“As ‘Dedicated Follower of Fashion’ rose in the charts, he [Ray Davies of the Kinks] was tormented by people coming up to him in the street and repeating his words ‘Oh yes he is, oh yes he is.’ When he saw himself performing the song on Top of the Pops, he put the TV set in the oven and then went to bed for a week.” – Jon Savage, 1966: The year the decade exploded (2015)

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Paul Hodson

Head of Unit "EnergyEfficiency" at European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy

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