Binge Watching Can Shrink Your CO2 Footprint

One way to shrink your CO2 footprint is to binge-watch a TV series. Binge watching is considered anytime you watch 3 or more episodes of a series in one day. For a 22 minute sitcom, that’s easy to do, but if you’re talking about a series with longer episodes, that’s impressive.

Being sedentary is actually good for your carbon footprint because if done properly you are creating a minimal amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases.

It is just a question of how to do it properly and it all depends on how you minimize the burning of fossil fuels to enjoy the show. We call it the Binge Carbon Footprint

Lights and Temperature First of all, extinguish lights in all other unused rooms and adjust the thermostat. If you are heating your home, dial it down a few degrees to make it cooler and grab a blanket. If you are cooling your home, do the opposite and take off a layer.

TV Power Consumption – TV’s these days are surprisingly frugal in the consumption of electricity and are one of the most efficient appliances in your home. A LED 42′ TV consumes 127 watts, about the same as a roomful of LED bulbs. LCD TVs, which many of us have, consume between 125-260 watts, less than your refrigerator. A 32″ TV consumes on average 125 watts, a 42″ LCD TV consumers an average 176 watts, and a 50″+ TV consumes 260 watts.

Streaming has been growing lately as shown in this chart. Join the trend and instead of driving to a nearby cinema or channel surfing for your entertainment, subscribe to one of these carbon footprint reducing streaming sources.

Binge Watching Can Shrink Your CO2 Footprint


About the author

Keith Blizzard

A life-long environmentalist, Keith set out on the never ending journey of adjusting his lifestyle to a more sustainable one, with a goal of annually shrinking his carbon footprint. When he looked around for a dependable source of meaningful carbon footprint reduction ideas, it was pretty lame - so he launched Green Blizzard loaded with eco-friendly lifestyle tweaks. When he's not managing Green Blizzard, you'll find him on the trails around Mid Coast Maine with his trusty trail companion mutt, Moose.