Electricity Usage

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  1. Jul 5, 2011 #1 of 11
    HDJulie

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    My mother is worried about her electric bill. Someone told her that cable boxes use a lot of electricity. Anyone know how much electricity HR24 & H24 receivers use?
     
  2. Jul 5, 2011 #2 of 11
    mdavej

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    The HR24 uses about 25 Watts, which amounts to about $2-$3 per month depending on where you live. Since there's not much you can do about the DVR, have your mother try to save elsewhere.
     
  3. Jul 5, 2011 #3 of 11
    WestDC

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    She could throw out the TV and The receivers, but we all know that's not gonna happen. SO the saving is not going ot happen either.

    That's just the cost of living- everyone can save a lot of money by not living.
     
  4. Jul 5, 2011 #4 of 11
    mdavej

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    You don't have to be quite that drastic. Simply changing out a half dozen light bulbs for fluorescents will more than make up for what the DVR uses.
     
  5. Jul 5, 2011 #5 of 11
    maartena

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    By the above figure of 25 Watt, a single lightbulb would make the difference. Of course, you aren't using that lightbulb 24/7 like you would a DVR. I changed all my outside lights, and half of the inside lights to the energy-safe ones, and cut my bill by about $20 a month.
     
  6. Jul 5, 2011 #6 of 11
    Davenlr

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    Replace any Mercury Vapor yard lights (150W-175W) with High Pressure Sodium (50W - 75W) or Flourescent (26W).

    Replace all inside lights (40W - 100W) with Flourescent (17W-26W)

    Reduce temperature of hot water heater 10 degrees (if electric)

    Increase temperature inside 2 degrees during heat of the afternoon and compensate with ceiling fans on high.

    Do not leave computers on 24/7 unless they need to be.

    Limit opening the fridge, and dont do what my parents do, stand there with the door wide open trying to decide if they want to get anything out of it :)
     
  7. Jul 5, 2011 #7 of 11
    hilmar2k

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    And clean the coils once a year or so. Those things get nasty and makes the refrigerator work much harder.
     
  8. Jul 5, 2011 #8 of 11
    HDJulie

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    Thanks for the info & all the suggestions. Essentially it adds maybe $10 for 5 receivers. Not enough to worry about & as has been mentioned, there are other ways to save.
     
  9. Jul 5, 2011 #9 of 11
    Gene Steinberg

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    The original query may have been influenced by a recent New York Times article that suggested that DVRs, using standard mechanical hard drives, use an extraordinary amount of power because they are always running, even when theoretically turned off (so long as they are plugged in). Clearly they do not. Look at the power consumption breakdown of any Mac or PC for example, even the ones that are not advertised as energy efficient. It's really the display and the CPU and graphics chips running at full number crunching capacity, which use far more power than a standard hard drive.

    Peace,
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    If she has 5 receivers, and presumably 5 tvs, when she is actually watching one of the tvs, it more than masks the few watts that one of the D* receivers uses...
     

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