Report: $500 Million in Set-Top Energy Savings

According to a report issued by independent auditor D&R International, American consumers have saved more than $500 million in energy ...

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According to a report issued by independent auditor D&R International, American consumers have saved more than $500 million in energy bills through two years of the voluntary set-top box energy conservation agreement among the pay TV industry, consumer electronics manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates. The report says the improved energy efficiency achieved by set-top boxes in 2013 and 2014 also avoided nearly three million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

According to the report, a major driver of the energy cost savings is a 33% decline in the weighted average of energy consumption of DVRs - the most energy-intensive type of set-top box - over two years. Overall, 95% of service providers' set-top purchases in 2014 met the ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 standards - a 12% increase from 2013, the first year of the agreement - and use approximately 14% less energy than set-top boxes previously issued by the service providers. Additionally, 62% of service providers' set-top box purchases last year - a 32% increase from the year before - already meet the more stringent set of Tier 2 energy efficiency levels, which will be the new baseline for the 90% procurement commitment in 2017.

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