Your Set Top Box Uses More Energy than your Fridge
This is fairly surprising and I’m sure it varies depending on your cable company, but according to the NY Times, says that the power a set top box consumes is more than a refrigerator over the course of a year. I don’t blame consumers so much as I do the CE manufacturers behind the boxes, which the Times goes into a bit. But it’s always good to remind people…that an HTPC on Standby only consumes about 4 watts, and can automatically wake itself up to record and then go back to sleep. I’m biased though 🙂
These set-top boxes are energy hogs mostly because their drives, tuners and other components are generally running full tilt, or nearly so, 24 hours a day, even when not in active use. The recent study, by the Natural Resources Defense Council, concluded that the boxes consumed $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. That is more power than the state of Maryland uses over 12 months.