PVRs, cable boxes are energy gulpers: report
Trying to save money on your electricity bill? You might want to unplug your cable box/PVR.
Actually, the study suggests some use more energy than your fridge. That’s cold news for energy conservation.
As a whole, the “phantom power” these gadgets consume collectively costs Canadians at least $250 million a year, according to this report.
One reason is these set-top boxes are not designed to be very power efficient. Cellphones – which also need to be in constant contact with their service provider – have come a long way in using less juice.
It appears that certain home electronics, including many audio/video components, haven’t come as far. Chargers, microwaves, your TV – they all sip on electricity when switched to off or standby and you’re fast asleep at 3 a.m.
One solution is to unplug your devices – including that cable box – when you’re not watching TV. An easier option is to buy a special power bar that will automatically kill power to connected devices when they’re turned off.
That can be problematic, however, if you set it to record a show automatically when you’re not home. Gain a little conservation, lose a little convenience.
Do you think home electronics need to get more power-efficient when they’re not in use?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets