TV DVR units consume $3 billion in energy -- mostly while turned off, study says
The 160 million digital video recorders, cable and other pay-TV boxes sitting in 80% of U.S. homes cost consumers about $3 billion in electricity costs, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Two-thirds of that cost comes from inactive boxes that aren’t recording or playing back shows.
The technology, which requires more power than an average new flat-screen television, sucks up the same amount of energy each year as is produced by nine coal-burning power plants. Read more at The Times’ Greenspace blog.
-- Tiffany Hsu
Photo: TiVo Series3. Credit: TiVo