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i had the triple play installed. I notice that my eletricity bill went up by almost $30 . Is the box really using tha amount of electricity
Very unlikely. If you added several STBs and didn't have a comparable service before you might see a slight increase. But not $30.
I checked my electric bills and compared kWh for comparable months since getting FIOS and the year before. My usage went down more often than it went up. The variances are probably due to the weather rather than anything I do.
Yes. The QIP6416 consumes a constant 32W whether on or off, recording or no (actually, it goes up a little bit when recording). That's about 22kWh / month - about half as much as a late-model refrigerator. In fact, as wasteful as it is, it's actually comparatively reasonable for a DVR.
Mind you, there already exist solid-state devices that could reduce the power consumption to the 2W range. The issue is one of cost. The QIP DVR can be built for $60 and they can charge you $15 / month for it. A decent solid-state one that is energy efficient would cost at least triple that.
what about the regular boxes like the 2500 and the 7000 line? I have my box set to where I can turn the display off when i hit the power button...but does this really turn it off? is there a way to turn it fully off without unplugging it? most of the day i don't use at least 2 boxes in my home.. I thought i was doing good by putting CFL bulbs in my home, cutting the watts down by 2/3rd.. so i'm frustrated to know these boxes are hogging energy for nothing.
Yes. The QIP6416 consumes a constant 32W whether on or off, recording or no (actually, it goes up a little bit when recording). That's about 22kWh / month...
22kWh/ month would be about $2.20 per month. (Assuming $0.10 / kWh which is more than my rate. )
According to a June 2011 article in CNET, the average energy use for a typical HD DVR STB is 446 kWh per year. Or about $3.71 per month. (@ 10cent/ kWh) Higher than with your number because the typical STB is probably more energy efficent than in June of 2011.
Based on the above it's hard to imagine FIOS boxes causing a $30/ month increase in an electric bill.