Consumers think green with high-tech buys

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Electronics manufacturers are making a lot of progress in improving energy efficiency, and that’s good news for those of us trying to leave a smaller eco-footprint in our energy usage wake.  In my weekly column published yesterday I wrote about how manufacturers aren’t only improving the energy efficiency of electronic gadgets when they are on, but also looking to make sure that when they are off, as little power as necessary is used:

The next time you head to the electronics store to get that flat-panel digital TV you’ve had your eye on, will you be thinking about the environmental impact this set will have?

Typically when we buy a new gadget to make our lives more productive or more fun, we usually look at the capabilities and price first. But the Consumer Electronics Association says more of us are beginning to look at environmental attributes as important too.

The first thing many of us would look at when thinking about environmentally friendly electronics is energy usage…

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