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“Is your Tivo running? Well you better catch it before it get’s away!”

Posted in Blog on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 at 3:40 pm No Comments
“Is your Tivo running? Well you better catch it before it get’s away!”

While our cars, refrigerators, computers and air conditioning systems have been getting more efficient, our home electronics — particularly those components that interface with our cable providers — have been going in the other direction. The NY Times has an article on energy consumption associated with DVR’s and set-top cable boxes. These things can consume more energy than a refrigerator!

My favorite quote:

Mr. Wilson recalled that when he was on the California Energy Commission, he asked box makers why the hard drives were on all the time, using so much power. The answer: “Nobody asked us to use less.”

This is particularly striking because with the move away from CRT computer monitors and increased use of power-wise laptops, plug loads in commercial spaces have been plummeting over the last few years. But at home, your Tivo is chugging away. . .