Your DVR Is an Energy Vampire

New ones use about half the amount of a refrigerator
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2011 3:56 PM CDT
Your DVR Is an Energy Vampire
Odds are, your cable box is costing you money when you're not watching it.   (Shutterstock)

Your cable box never sleeps—and hence, never stops costing you money. America’s set-top boxes suck down $3 billion worth of electricity, an environmental group said in a report yesterday. The increasingly standard HD-DVRs are especially bad, consuming more than half the energy of an average new refrigerator—roughly two-thirds of which is used while you’re not even watching TV, according to USA Today.

“The consumer, who pays the electric bill, has little choice about what television set-top box the service provider installs, and how much energy it uses,” complained a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. And better options do exist; in Europe, Sky Broadcasting is using a model that consumes very little energy when idle, much like a cell phone. (More cable box stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.