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H34 HMC power use

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by GaryGary, Sep 20, 2012.

  1. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    I can appreciate the gesture and thoughts behind energy conservation.

    That said, if a 55W DVR is a tipping point of electricity use in a home, then perhaps one should reconsider TV altogether, as many HDTVs themselves require significant power.
     
  2. usnret

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    What about a windmill for power?? Maybe use one just for TV, DVR etc.
     
  3. GaryGary

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    Hi,
    The DVR is part of a bigger conservation plan.
    Over the past 3 years we have cut our energy use and CO2 emissions by about 60% for all electricity, our space heating, and for car transportation -- that is, all the energy use that we have control over.

    In total this is saving us $4800 a year in energy costs, and 36,000 lbs of CO2 emissions reduction per year.

    No changes at all in lifestyle -- NO CHANGES AT ALL IN LIFESTYLE -- except maybe that we have some extra money.
    The DVR is a good example -- the Direct TV DVRs that use less power do the same things as the DISH DVRs that use more power -- why not use one that uses less power?
    LEDs give better lighting than incandescents at 1/4 the energy use -- why not use LEDs? and so on.
    I realize this is not everyone's cup of tea, but to me its just common sense.

    The whole plan is made of a lot of changes and while any one alone (like a better DVR) does not make a ton of difference, when you add them all up its a lot.

    If you find this hard to believe, its all this is documented in mind numbing detail on the BuildItSolar website -- just look for the Half Plan.

    Gary
     
  4. hdtvfan0001

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    Took a look - very interesting.

    I suspect most folks appreciate and concur with goals of that nature.

    In the referenced original post, however, I suspect the incremental change in wattage on the DirecTV HD DVR (or similar <100-watt electronics) is minuscule in comparison to other opportunities in a home to save/improve upon the use of electricity.

    Good luck on your admirable goals.
     
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  7. P Smith

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    and the thread going into turmoil of all issues on the planet Earth ...
    :backtotop:
     
  8. RACJ2

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    I hear you, but I'm glad my rates are a bit better in Dallas, 2238 KWH and $206. And that's with an HR34 and an HR22, but its the AC that adds up the most.
     
  9. P Smith

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    The thread is still "H34 HMC power use", please.
     
  10. tigerwillow1

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    So there is a way to do a proper shutdown??? What is it?

    Aside from that, with most users having at least a couple of power interruptions over a year, these boxes better be able to tolerate them. And for me, I don't care if there's a delay in receiving an update. Heck, it seems like every time the software is "improved" it gets slower.

    I have cut the overall power consumption considerably and now provide about 60% of annual usage from a PV system. After a good try at conservation, a few watts here and there becomes a big deal. And even though the DVR gets a "clean" power cut every day, it's on an inverter circuit and never sees the surges, glitches, and brownouts when a squirrel gets fried at the substation and other similar occurrences.
     
  11. GaryGary

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  12. RunnerFL

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    Go through the menus and choose reboot. Let the unit go through it's shutdown/reboot process and at the point where the power light goes out pull the plug.

    A UPS is recommended.

    That's what UPS's are for.
     

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