Cable operators serving 85% of all subscribers say today that by the end of 2013 at least 90% of the new set-top boxes they buy and deploy will meet Energy Star 3.0 standards. For example, many will be able to sleep when they aren’t being used — most now don’t, which earned them the nickname “energy vampires” after the National Resources Defense Council released an eye-opening report in June that said the nation’s 160M set top boxes consumed about 27B kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2010. That cost consumers $3B annually, using enough power to serve all of the homes in Maryland for a year, the activist group said.
While it’s nice to see the cable industry do something about the problem, the new initiative is no hardship. Most major operators are reluctantly begining to acknowledge that they can’t keep their grip on (more…)