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Life Expectancy of Electronics

When someone calls for electronics servicing, if it involves a TV or component not working, the first thing we ask is the age of the electronic item. Based on the age, we can sometimes troubleshoot over the phone to determine if the electronic device has completed its life cycle, and avoid a service call.

We researched to see if any studies have been done concerning today’s electronics life cycle & we did find a study done a year ago. Based on the fact it was done a year ago, and the fact that it appears that life cycles are declining (our own assumption), we suggest you knock off a year or two from what you see below. There has been no sign that electronics are lasting longer.

The survey in 2014 conducted by the Consumer Electronic Association explored consumer perceptions of product life cycles for several key categories of electronics including; flat panel televisions, digital cameras, DVD and Blu-ray players, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, cell phones and video game consoles.

Based on the 2014 survey which interviewed consumer perceptions as to when they felt their electronic device lasted, the expected life cycle for the following products is listed below in years & months. Keep in mind, they did not ask when the device’s technology no longer kept up with upgrades. For example…while a smartphone may physically last 4.6 years, due to the constant upgrades requiring more internal space & speed to operate efficiently, most people are forced to upgrade their smartphones before they actually break.

Flat panel TV…7.4 years
Digital camera…6.5 years
DVD player or recorder…6.0 years
Desktop computer…5.9 years
Blu-ray player…5.8 years
Video game console…5.7 years
Notebook, laptop or netbook computer…5.5 years
Tablet computer…5.1 years
Cell phone that is not a smartphone…4.7 years
Smartphone…4.6 years

Source: CEA Blog: The Life Expectancy of Electronics, By: Chris Ely 16 September 2014

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Hot Buys for Christmas

Best Buy, the popular electronics retailer, has conducted a survey and determined the hottest tech for the 2015 holidays.
1. iPad
2. Bose QuietComfort 25 Noise Cancelling Headphones
3. MacBook
4. Samsung 48″ Smart 4K Ultra HD TV
5. Sharp 43″ Smart HDTV with Roku
6. Microsoft Surface
7. Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II
8. Fitbit Charge HR Heart Rate and Activity Tracker
9. Samsung Galaxy Tab S2
10. Dyson V6 Absolute Bagless Cordless Vacuum
11. Vizio 43″ Smart 4K Ultra HD TV
12. Apple Watch
13. SONOS PLAY:1 Wireless Speaker
14. iRobot Roomba Vacuum Cleaning Robot
15. GoPro HERO4 Action Camera

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Lessen The Environmental Impact of Your Electronics

The Consumer Electronics Association has written a short article that we would like to share with you. Here are some simple steps to live green, buy green, and recycle responsibly.

Step 1. Measure. Measure your consumer electronics home energy usage with our handy energy use calculator. While consumer electronics account for just 12 percent of a home’s electricity usage, there are still a number of ways to reduce energy and save money. In fact, studies have found that the more you understand your consumption, the less energy you’re likely to use.

Step 2. Be efficient. Unplugging unused electronics and using new power strips are easy and effective ways to save electricity. Many devices (such as computers, mobile phones and videogame consoles) have power management settings that can help you save energy.

Step 3. Use technology to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. Use a smart home thermostat to more efficiently cool your home in the summer and warm it in the winter. This also saves money on your electricity bill. Smart thermostats learn your schedule and the ideal home/office temperature at different times of the day. Some models connect to your smart phone or tablet, allowing you to manage your thermostat even when you’re away from home.

Step 4. Look into new, more efficient technology.
Consumer electronics are making impressive energy efficiency improvements. The amount of power needed for televisions, fell 23 percent from 2010 to 2013. When purchasing electronics, look for the ENERGY STAR label, designating efficient models; and the EnergyGuide label, providing energy cost information for all models.

Step 5. Recycle Responsibly.
Recycle your old electronics at their end-of-life. Use CEA’s electronics recycling locator tool to find the recycler closest to you.


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What you can do

If you have a broken electronic component that is unusable then recycling is your only option. However, many people upgrade products and throw out perfectly good TVs, receivers, speakers, etc. Consider giving them away first to extend the life of your electronics. While most charities won’t take electronics, there are ways to extend the life of your usable electronics.

1. Neighborhood Facebook page: If your neighborhood has a FB page that you belong to, consider posting a FREE Used TV. Describe what it is and see if someone is interested in it. If they want it they’ll come & get it, so you don’t even have to deal with delivery. There are many homeowners and renters that would love a free working electronic device. Perhaps they have a child going off to college, or they want a TV for a spare room.

2. Contact a local school system, school or PTA. Many school classrooms are still without TVs, blu-ray and DVD players and can even use speakers for their music rooms and in-school events. Schools have to pay for technology just like everyone else. And, those costs come from taxpayer dollars. Many will even accept computers and laptops, just be sure to clean your hard drive before giving anyone your computer device.

3. Craig’s List: If you have not visited the FREE section of Craig’s list, you are a rarity. Some people visit it because it is just funny. However, not all items are jokes. People are looking for free things and this is a great place to post your usable electronics.

4. Charitable organizations:
While I said that most charities won’t take electronics, not all charities say no to electronics. Many need TVs and other components for their offices, and some will accept & resell the electronics. Don’t expect pick up in most cases, as charities worry about weight & breakage. The Habitat for Humanity RESTORE accepts electronics excluding Analog TVs and VCRs. They also have pick up services. Do keep in mind that charities may say NO to electronics depending on how many they currently have on hand. Because there is such an abundance of electronics to be donated, sometimes they will have to turn you down until their supply is lower. They may also have restrictions, so do call any charity first before assuming they will take your usable electronic component.

5. Assisted Living homes: Many assisted living homes still have Tube TVs in their living rooms. TVs are not a high priority to them so they don’t use their funds to upgrade TVs. If they allow TVs in rooms, then many tenants don’t even own a TV. Either they left one that was too large at their house or apartment or they can’t afford one. Call a smaller assisted living home and see if you could drop off a small TV or DVD player. Some may even take a VHS player, since some of the older people may like movies that are on VHS tapes and they can be purchased at thrift stores for a quarter.

All of these recommendations are free ways for you to give away your usable electronics and many will provide a receipt so you can get a tax deduction. All it takes is a little time & effort and you could benefit someone or many others who would be very happy with an old model TV, a working DVD player or some old fashioned speakers.

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Recycling Electronics

The Electronics Take Back Coalition states that in the US, we scrap about 400 million units per year of consumer electronics, according to recycling industry experts. Rapid advances in technology mean that electronic products are becoming obsolete more quickly. This, coupled with explosive sales in consumer electronics, means that more products are being disposed, even if they still work.

Most electronics still end up the landfill, which is not where they should go. Electronics are made to last and they are built with some hazardous materials inside. It is extremely important that they be given to a recycling company so they can be disposed of properly.

We recently made arrangements with a recycling company to take home electronics after installations. This includes TVs, receivers, speakers, blu ray or DVD players that we can physically carry and load into our company vehicles. The recycling company will allow us to transport items on your installation day directly to their recycling place of business. There is a fee for recycling electronics and we can provide it in your estimate, but the recycling center is giving us special pricing to make it more affordable for you.

If you don’t mind taking your own electronics to a recycling drop off site, there are three places you can go:

1) Best Buy will accept electronics including computers, TVs, etc. Each Best Buy is different and they have maximums so we suggest you call first to see what they would take. They do not charge for this service.

2) Securis offers a monthly recycling event. There is a fee based on what you take. Prices are listed on their website at and the events are only held once a month at their Chantilly operations.

3) Keep a look out for other monthly recycling events that communities and businesses put on. Many are “paper only” but sometimes someone will hold an electronics event. As an example, the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce is holding an event on September 24th.

If you don’t want your old electronics sitting around or you don’t have the manpower to get it to a recycling center, then please ask Lew during your site survey to include pricing for removal.

What is important is that you do not throw out electronics in the trash or dump them somewhere as they are a danger to our environment. Electronics disposal is still a problem throughout the United States because there are not enough recycling centers. If more large retailers would serve as drop off locations for electronics & then work with recycling centers, more people would do a better job of properly recycling.

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