Energy Saving Innovation

As Americans increasingly rely on more electronic devices and gadgets throughout their daily lives, managing energy consumption has become both an environmental and economic priority.

To address these challenges, cable companies are implementing several new initiatives that are decreasing their energy footprint in consumer homes. ENERGY STAR 3.0 set-top boxes, low-power adapters, cloud-based delivery service, and a number of other new technologies are some of the green technology efforts that are providing a more energy efficient video experience. And for consumers with an Internet modem or router, a new program between Internet Service Providers and equipment manufacturers will improve equipment efficiency by 10 to 20 percent for more than 90 percent of U.S. broadband households.

The complex video and Internet ecosystem consists of many moving parts, including operators, programmers, equipment manufacturers, research labs and more. Each of these major stakeholders is playing a role in delivering a more energy efficient experience that is saving consumers millions of dollars in energy bills and preventing millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.


Cable takes energy savings seriously. The industry introduces technologies that offer providers, manufacturers, and subscribers a way to lower costs and deliver services in new and innovative ways. Reducing cable’s energy footprint is essential to our industry remaining a trusted provider and operating as a successful, environmentally conscious business. Watch the video to learn more about how BendBroadband is committed to sustainability and energy savings.

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Top Cable Energy-Saving Initiatives

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    Energy Star 3.0 Set-Top Boxes

    95 percent of all new set-top boxes meet the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 3.0 energy efficiency levels, saving consumers millions of dollars in energy savings annually.

  • 2

    More Efficient Internet Equipment

    Voluntary agreement to improve the energy efficiency of Internet modems, routers and other equipment covers 80 million U.S. homes, achieving savings of 10 – 20 percent.

  • 3

    Decreased Reliance on Set-Top Boxes

    The development of digital-only tuners, home networking, whole-home DVRs and cloud-based delivery services allow for shared processing and storage power of a network across many consumers. Services can be delivered directly to tablets and gaming stations without the need to power a set-top box.

  • 4

    Low-Power TV Adapters

    In cable markets that have converted to all digital systems, operators are providing customers with small low-power digital TV adapters that use less than four watts each, a significant energy savings.

  • 5

    Light Sleep DVRs

    “Light sleep” capabilities allows essential activities within a set-top box to continue while energy consumption associated with other tasks is discontinued. Devices shifting into “light sleep” are expected to deliver savings of 20 percent or more.

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    Cablelabs - Energy Lab

    CableLabs, the industry’s non-profit, research and development consortium, has established a testing and development facility to build industry consensus on energy conservation efforts, create energy efficient specifications and test new hardware and software.


Providing energy efficiency services is good for customers and good for business. Lowering the energy footprint offers home energy savings and fewer trouble calls for providers. Even though there are more consumer electronics in U.S homes than ever, those devices now account for a lower percentage of electricity usage per household than they did three years ago. In a competitive marketplace in which consumers demand the most efficient services, cable’s efforts towards next generation functionality and other innovations are being enjoyed by millions of American households.

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