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Power hungry HD receivers

petemc
05-09-2008, 11:54 AM
I just had DirecTV disconnect 2 of my 4 HD receivers because they consume so much power, even in standby mode. I have returned to cable for these TVs.

After checking, each receiver consumes approx 35 Watts in standby and 37W when active. Since this energy is consumed 100% of the time, it results in a huge amount when calculated over a year ... over 305 kWh per receiver. That's like running a 1kW heater for 300 hours ... :eek:

At my electricity prices, I calculated that am paying around $300 per year just for the luxury of having the HD receivers plugged into the wall and it more than doubles the cost of having these HD receivers ($240 to enable each receiver plus $300 for electricity).

In this day and age of trying to consume power, DirecTV needs to re-design the HD receivers to have a real standby mode.

Heads-up to any else who may have noticed their electricity bill climbing higher all of a sudden.

Pete

golfchamp
05-09-2008, 12:57 PM
You're saying that EACH receiver is costing you $300 per year? So your electric rates are approaching $1.00 per kWh? Mine are about a 1/10th of that.

Emil
05-09-2008, 02:05 PM
Just curious,

What's the standby power for the cable boxes?

Thanks

gryphon75
05-09-2008, 04:14 PM
Mine are costing me about $18 a year. 4.9 cents per kilowatt for me.

chirshey
05-09-2008, 06:48 PM
I just had DirecTV disconnect 2 of my 4 HD receivers because they consume so much power, even in standby mode. I have returned to cable for these TVs.

After checking, each receiver consumes approx 35 Watts in standby and 37W when active. Since this energy is consumed 100% of the time, it results in a huge amount when calculated over a year ... over 305 kWh per receiver. That's like running a 1kW heater for 300 hours ... :eek:

At my electricity prices, I calculated that am paying around $300 per year just for the luxury of having the HD receivers plugged into the wall and it more than doubles the cost of having these HD receivers ($240 to enable each receiver plus $300 for electricity).

In this day and age of trying to consume power, DirecTV needs to re-design the HD receivers to have a real standby mode.

Heads-up to any else who may have noticed their electricity bill climbing higher all of a sudden.

Pete
Who do you get your power from? Did you recheck your rate?

FLskydiver
05-09-2008, 09:51 PM
Mine are costing me about $18 a year. 4.9 cents per kilowatt for me.

Huh. 10 cents for me. Half of that is the fuel surcharge, though.

golfchamp
05-12-2008, 07:44 AM
Pete is off one decimal. Back to elementary math for him! :lol:

mluntz
05-12-2008, 08:13 AM
I find this hard to believe. If that's the case imagine how much power my TV uses!

Twister
05-12-2008, 12:33 PM
My utility company charges $0.08273 per kWh x 305 kWh = $25.20. You must be using some kind of Vulcan math.

iserum
05-12-2008, 12:42 PM
every DVR consumes almost same power since they are on 24/7. Cable/Sat company charges $6 DVR fee per month far more than electrical usage per month, Tivo charges $12.99 per month.

Jim Bob Jones
05-12-2008, 12:43 PM
My utility company charges $0.08273 per kWh x 305 kWh = $25.20. You must be using some kind of Vulcan math.
Not Vulcan math. Hardly anything else would be so accurate. Voodo math (father of voodoo economics) maybe.:lol:

ktk0117
05-12-2008, 01:40 PM
LMAO !! :haha:

You've got to be kidding me!!!

I hope you are joking, if not, go back to school. I run 2 HR-20's, 1 R15, and 1 R10 EVERY DAY, and all of them combined do not cost me that much!!!

glennb1
05-23-2008, 05:50 PM
Heads-up to any else who may have noticed their electricity bill climbing higher all of a sudden.

Pete

This has got to be the funniest part.
:lol:

If it costs $300/per year to have to 2 DVRs plugged in I can't even imagine what it costs the OP per year to have a refrigerator running in the same house.
:crying:

stonedog23
05-23-2008, 08:57 PM
This is crazy. This is the time of year my electricity bill goes down. Heating costs in the winter is the only thing that increases my bill. I don't think anyone is noticing their bill going up due to a converter box. Dude, turn back on your two HD boxes!

Acerbean
06-01-2008, 10:18 AM
Pete is off one decimal. Back to elementary math for him! :lol:


Yep, that's the problem. He prob actually pays $0.10/KWH. Hook 'em back up Pete.

borromini
06-01-2008, 01:54 PM
Hope the OP has taken the time to read the follow-up posts on this thread. He's probably still bragging to others how he saved himself a fortune! :)

erict
06-01-2008, 03:53 PM
He forgot to mention his new hot tub he had installed by his big screen:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

petemc
04-30-2009, 08:45 PM
Just returned to my post, and found all the crappy comments. Well brainiacs, wanna check the math ...

35W x 4 receivers = 140W = 0.14KW
per day = 0.14 x24 = 3.36KWh
per year = 3.360 x 365 = 1226.4KWh

My rate starts at $0.11531 per KWh and rises to $0.25974 per KWh
(yup, expensive here in CA)

Best case cost per year = 1226.4 x $0.11531 = ~$141
Worst case cost per year = 1226.4 x 0.25974 = ~$319

Since I hit the higher cost, it makes sense to calculate the cost at the higher price ... that's what I would save if I stop using the receivers.

So, let me quote what I said in my first post ... "At my electricity prices, I calculated that am paying around $300 per year just for the luxury of having the HD receivers plugged into the wall ..."

For those idiots who missed the plural, let me re-state it ... RECEIVERS ... all 4 RECEIVERS are costing me over $300 per year to run.

Math teaching class over ... damn, this degree I have really works :)

BobLC
05-02-2009, 06:46 PM
Just returned to my post, and found all the crappy comments. Well brainiacs, wanna check the math ...

35W x 4 receivers = 140W = 0.14KW
per day = 0.14 x24 = 3.36KWh
per year = 3.360 x 365 = 1226.4KWh

My rate starts at $0.11531 per KWh and rises to $0.25974 per KWh
(yup, expensive here in CA)

Best case cost per year = 1226.4 x $0.11531 = ~$141
Worst case cost per year = 1226.4 x 0.25974 = ~$319

Since I hit the higher cost, it makes sense to calculate the cost at the higher price ... that's what I would save if I stop using the receivers.

So, let me quote what I said in my first post ... "At my electricity prices, I calculated that am paying around $300 per year just for the luxury of having the HD receivers plugged into the wall ..."

For those idiots who missed the plural, let me re-state it ... RECEIVERS ... all 4 RECEIVERS are costing me over $300 per year to run.

Math teaching class over ... damn, this degree I have really works :)


Just unplug your refrigerator.....


Bob

JohninTenn
05-02-2009, 08:30 PM
If some ways global warming is caused by HD tv and sound systems I'm gonna do something. That or it's a republican plot