NCTA — The Internet & Television Association
Energy Saving Innovation

Energy Efficiency

Cable operators, video programmers, equipment manufacturers, research labs and others are now providing 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.


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 have implemented several initiatives that are decrease energy footprints 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 program between Internet Service Providers and equipment manufacturers improves 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 operators, programmers, equipment manufacturers, research labs and others 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. A recent CTA report finds that while the number of tech devices in our homes increases every year, these consumer tech devices consume 25 percent less energy than they did in 2010.

Energy Efficient Set Top Boxes

Groundbreaking program saves customers money & reduces emissions.

Set-Top Boxes
Pay TV customers have saved over $5 billion and avoided 28.6 million meTric tons of CO2 emissions
Set-Top Boxes
Energy saved from 2012–18 is enough to power all homes in Pennsylvania for a year
Modems & Routers
99.6% of home internet devices met efficiency standards in 2018, a 10.2% increase since 2015
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More than 99% of internet modems, routers and other consumer broadband equipment purchased and sold in 2018 for use by U.S. residential broadband subscribers met energy-efficiency standards.

Top Cable Energy-Saving Initiatives

Voluntary agreements across the industry promotes energy efficiency, creates continuous innovation of products and services, and saves consumers money.

Energy Star 3.0 Set-Top Boxes

99.5 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.

More Efficient Internet Equipment

Voluntary agreement to improve the energy efficiency of Internet modems, routers and other equipment covers 91.7 million U.S. homes, achieving savings of 10 – 20 percent.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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$5 billion saved by consumers on energy bills with new energy efficient set-top boxes through 2018.

Inside Bend Broadband:
America’s Greenest Data Center Technology Green tech

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.