Seeking Lower Electricity-Sucking Set-Top Boxes

Too much of TV consumers' electricity bills are going to all those set-top boxes. 

The Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement projects believes new set-top designs could save about $1.5 billion a year in residential electricity. That also means four fewer power plants, eliminating an estimated 16 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.


Now, EchoStar Technologies, the subsidiary of EchoStar Corp, which owns Dish Network, says they are now committed to more efficient set-top design. They are joining a coalition of pay TV industry leaders, serving more than 90 million U.S. TV homes.

Multichannel video service providers, including Dish, are pledging that 90% of the set-top boxes purchased will meet Energy Star Set-Top Box Program V3 efficiency levels by the end of 2013.