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Nearly Two-Thirds of Annual U.S. Set-Top Box Energy Use Occurs When Viewers are Not Watching or Recording Content

From The New York Times Green Blog (6/15/11)
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.

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