Electricity usage of a DVR

Digital Video Recorders, TV and HD set-top boxes have made great strides in energy reduction in recent years, however they can still use a noticeable amount of power over a years time. We estimate 26-11 watts of power for a typical HD-DVR and 15-8 watts for a non-DVR HD-Client, with a 10% reduction in power use during sleep mode.

Click calculate to find the energy consumption of a typical DVR set-top configuration (HD-DVR on one TV and non-DVR HD-Client on a secondary TV) combined using 30 Watts for 24 hours a day @ $0.10 per kWh.

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Hours Used Per Day: Enter how many hours the device is being used on average per day, if the power consumption is lower than 1 hour per day enter as a decimal. (For example: 30 minutes per day is 0.5)
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Price (kWh): Enter the cost you are paying on average per kilowatt hour, our caculators use the default value of 0.10 or 10 cents. To find an exact price check your electricity bill or take a look at Global Electricity Prices.

Upgrade your DVR or set-top unit to a more recent energy rated model, as older units are known to use a considerable amount of energy and provide little to no advantage during sleep mode. Also consider using alternatives such casting from your phone, as television digital media players or dongles use far less power, sometimes as little as 5-10 watts during use. Furthermore your internet or television provider may already offer such services as part of your package, or perhaps there are other services such as online streaming via casting which can fulfill your media needs.


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