Energy Efficient DVRs Saved Consumers $2 Billion in Electric Bills Last Year





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A voluntary energy efficient initiative among pay-TV operators saved consumers $2 billion in electrical usage costs in 2019. Pay TV operators worked with Natural Resources Defense Council and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) to make set-top box devices more energy-efficient and moved away from traditional DVRs.

As a result, these more energy-friendly devices have lowered electrical bills and CO2 emissions over the seven years the plan has been in place. D+R International reports that set-top box usage across the nation has been lowered by nearly half over the course of the seven years, saving the planet from nearly 39 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, not to mention more than $7 billion in electricity costs. Think of it like the same amount of energy the entire state of California uses during a seven month span.

“By going above and beyond their voluntary commitments, pay-TV providers nearly doubled the $1 billion annual savings projected when the industry established its successful partnership with NRDC and ACEEE in 2013,” Neal Goldberg, General Counsel, NCTA, said in a statement.

Since people are watching more of their entertainment on connected TVs via the Internet instead of regular pay-TV, viewers are naturally using DVRs less and less.

“The [collaboration] has enabled industry and energy efficiency advocates to stay ahead of these fast-paced changes and secure far more energy savings more quickly than could have resulted from traditional regulation,” said Doug Johnson, VP of technology policy with the Consumer Technology Association.

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