15 Jun '11, 10pm

Dracula Lurks in Your Set-Top Box

Dracula Lurks in Your Set-Top Box

Natural Resources Defense Council Imagine pulling into your parking space and just hopping out, leaving the car idling all day while you’re at the office. As ludicrous as this may sound, most Americans are guilty of a similar if less costly squandering of energy when it comes to their cable or satellite TV boxes. A new study released on Tuesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that set-top boxes in the United States consume nearly as much energy when not in use as when they are on, costing a cumulative $2 billion a year. Noah Horowitz, director of the Center for Energy Efficiency at the council, said that while most Americans have been guilted into unplugging their cellphone chargers when they’re not attached to the phone itself, those energy savings pale by comparison with what would be recouped by unplugging set-top boxes. The problem is that the set-top bo...

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