Do DVRs Waste Electricity?

by admin on June 15, 2011

Americans love TV, especially the big flat screen HD TVs. Who wouldn’t? There’s no better way to watch a game from the living room.

It’s even better if you have DVR. This way, you can start the game a little late to go through all the commercials, and all other interruptions. If you have to get up for a drink or a pit stop, you can pause it right there and pick up where you left off.  What’s not to like?

Well one possible downside is the cost. It may not significantly increase the cable/satellite bill, but studies claim it can have a major effect on the electricity bill.

Researchers from The Natural Resources Defense Council claim that about 160 million digital recorders and other TV boxes in the country use up to about $3 billion worth of electricity each year. They also claim that the new HD-DVR boxes use up about 275 kilowatt-hours each year and that each box uses more energy than the average new flat-screen TVs.

Chances are the differences are minor if at all on your electricity bill, but to find out for sure, contact your energy provider.

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