Top Cable Energy-Saving Initiatives
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.
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.
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.
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” 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, 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.