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The Secret Energy Hog In Your Home May Be Your Cable Box

Just last month, the National Resources Defense Council published a shocking report that could provide homeowners looking for ways to cut their electric bill with a powerful piece of information.

According to a study conducted by the NRDC, cable set-top boxes that deliver cable television programming into your home consume a significant amount of power even when the cable box is “turned off.”

U.S. Cable Boxes Consume the Energy of 9 Power Plants

The combined effect of that energy drain throughout the country amounts to a whopping 27 billion killowatt-hours of electricity consumed in the United States by all of the cable boxes that are installed in American homes.

The study puts this in perspective by pointing out that this amount of energy consumption is the equivalent of what nine 500 MW coal power plants can produce every year.

While much of the current political discussion in the U.S. surrounding energy conservation and the reduction of U.S. foreign dependency on oil revolves around issues like automobile use and the search for alternative energy sources, the NRDC points out that this cable box inefficiency represents a tremendous opportunity for the country to reduce its energy consumption by a substantial amount.

How Much Difference Do Cable Boxes Really Make?

The NRDC used the following graphic to break down just how much these little energy hogs consume in energy throughout the country when they are just sitting on top of the television set not being used, even when the homeowner turns them off. Unfortunately the “off” state of these boxes is not truly a “power off.”

According to the findings, if every American television cable customer actually disconnected the power from these cable boxes during periods of non-use, the country could reduce its overall energy consumption by the equivalent of six 500 MW power plants, and cut C02 emissions by 11 million metric tons a year.

The energy consumption of these little digital boxes becomes much more apparent when you take a look at the next graphic provided by the NRDC that compares its energy use to other common household items. The boxes even consume more electricity than an Energy Star refrigerator.

From an individual family perspective, stopping this little energy hog from burning away your electricity would cut back somewhat on your overall electric bill.  And let’s be honest, the amount you will save on your electric bill is a nice added bonus to doing your part to help save the planet.

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