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Jun152011

TV Set-Top Boxes Costing Americans Billions Each Year

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Could your cable or satellite TV box be costing you money each year?

More than four in five homes have the equipment installed and, according to a new report by the the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), they cost Americans over $3 billion a year in utility bills. Why? They never go to sleep.

The environmental group says the set-top boxes use two-thirds of their total power consumption when they are not being used.

Furthermore, the NRDC says boxes that include a high-definition digital video recorder, or HD-DVR, use more electricity than the average flat panel TV.

The group says more energy efficient boxes could reduce power consumption by 30 to 50 percent by 2020.

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