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How Many Solar Panels Are Needed to Binge Your Favorite TV Show?

July 16th, 2021 | By Roger Kuznia

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Going solar comes with numerous benefits, from reducing your carbon footprint to potentially lessening your reliance on the grid. That means you not only have protection from the effects of a power outage if you also add battery storage, but you can also use cleaner electricity for day-to-day life. And nothing says a normal day like a Netflix binge these days!

How much energy does a TV use?

Based on full show run times and standard TV wattage, our team was able to calculate how many 300-watt solar panels you would need to produce enough energy to binge an entire series. Check out the numbers below!

Show Hours In Series KwH Needed To Watch Series Solar Panels Needed To Watch*
Grey’s Anatomy 363 84.9 57
The Simpsons 334 78.2 53
Criminal Minds 326 76.3 51
South Park 156 36.5 25
Gilmore Girls 155 36.3 25
The Walking Dead 146 34.2 23
The Big Bang Theory 139 32.5 22
Friends 121 28.3 19
How I Met Your Mother 104 24.3 17
The Office 99 23.2 16
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia 77 18.0 12
Riverdale 72 16.8 12
Brooklyn 99 71 16.6 12
Game of Thrones 70 16.4 11
Breaking Bad 62 14.5 10
Stranger Things 20 4.7 4
Rick and Morty 18 4.2 3

*Producing For 5 Hours During Peak Sunlight

With 17 seasons to watch since 2005, Grey’s Anatomy requires the highest number of solar panels! Gilmore Girls and South Park require a much more reasonable 25 solar panels apiece. Meanwhile, Rick and Morty would only take 3 solar panels to watch the entire series with nothing but solar energy.

How much energy does your TV use?

It might seem like your TV would be one of the biggest energy suckers in your home, particularly if you have a high-quality model! But in fact, it might use less electricity than you expect. So, how many watts does it take to run a TV?

Depending on the size of your TV, the electricity will vary, but most LED TVs use between 60 and 150 watts. Twelve hours of TV will use about 1.2 kWh, which is just shy of the 1.5 kWh of energy a single 300-watt solar panel produces per day. So if you were using a solar panel to run your TV, you would need a full day of energy production to power 12 hours of binge-watching!

Reduce Your TV’s Energy Usage

Fortunately, through our SMARTPWR360°™ package, you can reduce your TV’s power usage when you aren’t actually using it with a power strip designed to keep your electronics from wasting energy when in standby mode. And with Pink Energy’s top-tier, American-made solar panels, you can binge-watch your favorite shows, keep your home running and potentially reduce your reliance on the grid — all in a few easy steps.

Our solar experts will evaluate your home’s energy needs, determine how much sunlight you receive and create a customized solar system that will be specifically designed for your home. It’s quick, it’s simple and it’s effective.

If you’re looking for a way to make your next all-day Netflix binge more environmentally friendly, you can contact our solar experts for more information! Learn more about how many solar panels you need for your home.

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