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Old 02-18-2012, 05:44 PM   #1
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I have a black cox motorola cable box and I was wondering if I turn off my TV yet keep the cable box on, will that sap more electricity than if it were turned off?

I know this seems like a dumb question. I only ask because all it seems to do is pick up a signal and it doesn't seem like that would take so much electricity to do.
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Old 02-19-2012, 04:53 AM   #2
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FWIW I power off my Cox supplied SA 8240HDC set top box every night via the remote control. Note the device is actually in a standby type state drawing very little power but able to be woken up remotely by Cox for firmware updates, guide updates, etc...etc.

So turning off the box will save some energy and allow the box to be updated when required. Just don't upplug it from power each night.
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i have a black cox motorola cable box and i was wondering if i turn off my tv yet keep the cable box on, will that sap more electricity than if it were turned off? sure it will use more-- but not much more at all. A cable box in the off mode, which is really a standby mode, uses just slightly less than being on. There is no real "off" unless you kill the power to the unit, and this not a good idea. It will only cost you a few nickles a month to leave it on all the time.

i know this seems like a dumb question. I only ask because all it seems to do is pick up a signal and it doesn't seem like that would take so much electricity to do.
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Not sure how the SA boxes are set up, but many (most, all?) Motorola boxes draw about the same power in off/standby as in the on mode.
Last time I checked one, it drew 38 W when on and 36 W when "off".
I'm sure there must be a reason, but have no idea what is could possibly be.
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Believe it or not, I get a lot of customers who ask me this. I typically tell them there is probably something else in the house that is LESS important wasting MORE electricity.
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Believe it or not, I get a lot of customers who ask me this. I typically tell them there is probably something else in the house that is LESS important wasting MORE electricity.
In my house's case that's most definitely true.
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It's amazing that we spend $100/month cable for TV and then fret about a quarter's worth of electricity-- hey, I'm guilty too.
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Believe it or not, I get a lot of customers who ask me this. I typically tell them there is probably something else in the house that is LESS important wasting MORE electricity.
yeah,it is probably.
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