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January 08, 2014

TV Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement to Cut Energy Use

The Energy Department on December 23 announced non-regulatory energy efficiency standards for pay-TV set-top boxes that will result in significant energy savings for more than 90 million U.S. homes. These new standards will improve efficiency by 10%–45% by 2017 for set-top box devices, which combine hardware components with software programming to receive television and related services from cable, satellite, broadband, or local networks. The new standards, expected to save more than $1 billion on consumer energy bills annually, were developed in collaboration with the pay-television industry, the consumer electronics industry, and energy efficiency groups.

These set-top box efficiency standards will ultimately save enough electricity each year to power 700,000 homes. The standards are projected to avoid more than 5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. As consumer demand for digital video recorders and high-definition set-top boxes grows, actual consumer savings are likely to be even greater. The agreement, which runs through 2017, covers all types of set-top boxes from pay-TV providers, including cable, satellite, and telephone companies. See the Energy Department press release.