The biggest waster of energy in your home isn’t your fridge, central air conditioning system, or even your LCD television.
According to a new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council, DVRs and digital cable boxes consume $3 billion in electricity per year in the United States — and that 66 percent of that power is wasted when no one is watching and shows are not being recorded.
Just to put in in perspective, experts say that’s more power than the state of Maryland uses over 12 months.
The worst part about the energy-sucking nature of these digital devices is that it’s absolutely not necessary.
Similar products in Europe have the ability to automatically go into standby mode when not in use, cutting power drawn by half. They can also go into an optional “deep sleep,” which can reduce energy consumption by about 95 percent compared with when the machine is active (NY Times).
Even though these European companies are willing to ship their products to American television providers, the U.S. companies often refuse because they’re worried that the low-energy boxes will result in service interruptions. American consumers, they say, will not tolerate having to wait a few minutes for their sleeping cable box to boot up.
via NY Times
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