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Is it bad to turn everything off with 1 power strip?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by Tonio, Dec 2, 2007.

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  1. SaltiDawg

    SaltiDawg Active Member

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    I love erroneous pronouncements from lofty perches. :rolleyes:

    Not all would agree with this. lol
     
  2. normang

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    And how do you agree or disagree? Tossing comments like this from your lofty perch eh.....
     
  3. SaltiDawg

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    A few years ago I suffered numerous instances of damage to A/V equipment due to power restoration attempts following power outages. The solution was using UPS's so as to not expose equipments to the subsequent power restoration attempts following a power loss following a surge.

    I am located in the MD suburbs of DC. To suggest that taking steps to protect A/V equipment is not required if one has not already experienced damage is as idiotic as suggesting automobile insurance is not needed f one has not already had an accident.:rolleyes:
     
  4. allargon

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    A lot of the green stuff is more about cost savings. They're saying we're green rather than saying we're cheap. Duh!

    Do you really think that a Toyota or Honda will last less than Chrysler? There are Priuses in use as taxicabs all over the world. Many of them have over 200k on them.

    Back to the original topic. I agree that it is not good to do a hard shutdown of the DVR. (That's what turning the power strip off does.) I lived in California during the late 90's when they had rolling blackouts all up and down the coast. It was annoying. More annoying was that guy with the whiny voice telling us to power our electronics off at the strip. :nono:

    My advice to you is to find other ways to be green besides powering off your DVR at night. (My neighbors still throw away aluminum cans.)
     
  5. oljim

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    Take a cold shower once a week, that will save more power
     
  6. phrelin

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    Not a good idea. We even use a battery backup (UPS) as the DVR's are computers and computers screw up in power outages and brownouts. Not very green, but the "one less shower a week" idea is more than adequate to compensate.
     
  7. Jim5506

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    What you save in water you loose in clothespins for those around you (kill all those trees).
     
  8. tnsprin

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  9. phrelin

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    We're retired so we stay home that day.:lol:
     
  10. TulsaOK

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    I hate loose clothespins.
     
  11. flatus

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    Not to get too far off track.... but I haven't found the longevity claims put out by the compact fluorescent bulbs to be accurate. I have almost all of my incandescents replaced with fluorescents in my house and they last maybe 1.5 times as long as regular bulbs. A far cry from the 5x claims. The 3-way ones are the worst, they last no longer than a regular bulb.

    Maybe the problem is that I buy them at Lowes. Lowes seems to be trying to become the Wal-Mart of hardware.

    But with the mercury in the fluorescent bulbs, I think they are more environmentally unfriendly than the incandescents ?
     
  12. SaltiDawg

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    The argument is made that there is less mercury released to the environment by the fossil fuel generating plant so that the net result is a twenty fold reduction im Hg released.

    As a retired Nuke, nuclear power forever. :)
     
  13. TBoneit

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    It's just an opinion but My belief is that nuclear power does less long term harm to the environment than other forms of power generation.

    Damn NIMBY types.
     
  14. jwpoole

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    I checked the power consumption of my ViP 722 with a Kill A Watt power meter and found it consumes 54 watts (.054 KWH). It doesn't matter if receiver is on, off, recording or not. With my electric rate of $0.095 per KWH the receiver cost 12 1/3 cents per day to run. Decided to leave mine on all the time.
     
  15. Jim5506

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    Besides, this winter, it helps keep the house warm.
     
  16. havana

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    Send $100.00 to my PO Box and I will forward enough carbon credits to cover your power usage for the next fifty years. :rolleyes:
     
  17. bonipie

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    Hi, Guys,
    We live in a motorhome and have no hookups almost all the time. We have a big a** generator that we hate to use. We have 800 watts of solar that works all day, every day. (It's amazing the amount of charging you get on a cloudy day.) We have a 37" LCD tv, and a 622 receiver (among lots of other electronic goodies). To make all this work when we want using just solar, we need to have conservative habits. Yes, we disconnect power to anything that is not in use. And, the previous post by jwpoole was exactly what we found-the 622 consumes the same power no matter what. We turn on the receiver 6-8 minutes before use so it can acquire satellites. We have software updates occasionally, during the day. Hardly ever do we have to wait for a program update. And, the program list always seems updated. We really don't seem to have any issues with removing power when not in use, but we may just be used to operating this way. And, it is so much better than previous receivers, maybe we just love it by comparison.
     
  18. hackwriter

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    That's interesting. I have an SD DVR and the Dish CSRs have told me repeatedly TO turn it off at night so that software and programming updates can take place. (It's not connected to a phone line. :confused:
     
  19. James Long

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    You're not turning it off when you turn it off via the remote or front panel ... you are placing the receiver in standby (and allowing all that cool update stuff to happen).

    The "turning off with a power strip" trick is basically unplugging the receiver ... which does not allow for the updates. :)
     
  20. bonipie

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    Bonipie here again. Removing power (by a switch on AC) to the 622 whenever we are not using the receiver has had no effect on software updates or programming updates. It seems to find our receiver when we are using it and keep us up to date.
     
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