On the Radio: Cable TV boxes quietly devour energy in U.S. homes

A Comcast cable TV box (Mr.TinDC/Flickr)
A Comcast cable TV box (Mr.TinDC/Flickr)

This week’s On the Radio segment looks at new data revealing that cable TV boxes are among the highest energy consumers in U.S. homes. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

According to data from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, cable TV boxes are second only to air-conditioners as the biggest energy user in many U.S. homes.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

While federal energy efficiency regulations are in place for electronics like computers, refrigerators and air conditioners, such regulations are not in place for cable TV boxes. These cable boxes are constantly using power – even when turned off – and can use as much energy as a standard washing machine.

Under consumer and environmentalist scrutiny, cable TV box manufacturers have voluntarily agreed to produce more energy-efficient cable boxes in the future.

According to the Alliance to Save Energy, one way to reduce utility bills is by plugging TVs, cable boxes and other electronics into a power strip which can be turned on and off before and after each use.

For more information about saving energy, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.




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