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Re: [Shop-talk] Trickle Chargers - operating Costs

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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Trickle Chargers - operating Costs
From: PJ McGarvey <>
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 20:23:02 -0500
Makes me wonder what kind of power my DirecTV Tivo DVR uses as well. Anyone

I'll have Verizon FiOS HD TV in a couple weeks myself...

The only downside to switching off a DVR when you're not watching TV is that
any shows
you have set to record during this time will not record.  I still think it's
that a DVR in this day and age, needs to use the same amount of power to
"wait" to record
as it does to actually record.  Unless that hard-drive is spinning even in
"standby" mode,
which is again ridiculous in terms of hard-drive life expectancy.


> My candidate for the most pointless waste of electricity is
> my Verizon Fios Cable-TV box.  It uses a constant 30 watts
> whether it is turned on or off.

Don't have a watt-meter, but my cable box also sucks power all the time (as
shown by the box staying quite warm even when not in use).  I picked up a
cord with a switch and now I kill power to the box when I'm not using it.


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