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Improving the Efficiency of Television Set-Top Boxes

Created 7/9/2012 by Katrina Nash
Updated 7/12/2012 by Ben Fowler
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In this report, the NRDC and Ecos have partnered to better understand how much energy set-top boxes use and what energy savings opportunities exist: "In 2010, set-top boxes in the United States consumed approximately 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is equivalent to the annual output of nine average (500 MW) coal-fired power plants. The electricity required to operate all U.S. boxes is equal to the annual household electricity consumption of the entire state of Maryland, results in 16 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and costs households more than $3 billion each year. Fortunately, there is great potential for improving the efficiency and reducing the cost of operating these electronics relied upon by so many viewers."
Posted By: Katrina Nash 07/09/12 on 01:24 PM (Pacific Time)
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