Jun 112016

TV in standby mode – How much does it actually cost?

The answer might well surprise you.

TVs might have jumped from 18 inches to 55-inch monsters while being put on a serious tech Atkins, but they’ve become a lot more energy efficient. Instead of guzzling power like an electrically charged competitive eater, they now drip feed themselves the bare minimum of juice.

Standby mode is like putting your TV to sleep without fully turning it off. It allows it to turn on much more quickly than if fully powered down, meaning the results of that button press is almost instantaneous and you’re not going to miss the start of The X Factor.

On standby mode, power isn’t used for the TV’s primary function, but can power a red notification light on an integrated digital clock, dependant on the model.

According to the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), your TV is now one of the most energy efficient bits of equipment in your home, consuming less power on average per month than your hairdryer, iron or kettle – unless you’re sporting an old boxy TV that is, in which case, seriously, what’s wrong with you? Upgrade already.

While your old CRT might have guzzled northwards of £15 a year without even being switched on, modern flatscreen LCD units consume far less power. Obviously the exact amount of power your TV uses when on standby mode is going to vary slightly depending on the exact make and model. Whatever the brand, however, it won’t require much power as all TVs now have to adhere to strict EU legislation when it comes to standby power usage.

As a result, according to EDF Energy, leaving your 32-inch TV on standby for a year would consume just 1.6W of power, at an annual cost of…

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Mar 192013

Sky have started to roll out a software update in the last few days.

Initially this software will be deployed to Sky DRX890 and DRX895 digiboxes.

Amongst the updates, is a change to the “Auto standby” mode.

Auto Standby, is the mode that puts your Sky digibox into “Standby” should the box  be left on a channel for so many hours without a button being pressed on the remote control. This, the Sky digibox assumes, means their is no one watching the box. And so, the Sky digibox will power down into Standby mode.

Standby mode is shown on the Sky digibox, as the “on / off” lights will be orange.

This new update allows you to put the box in “Eco” mode.

So instead of powering down into “Standby” mode, the Sky digibox will power down to “Eco” mode, and will automatically put your Sky digibox box into RED standby mode overnight if you don’t have any recordings scheduled. Supposedly this saves more in power than leaving your box in “Orange” Standby mode.

However while the box is in this state it is essentially turned off an no recordings will take place.

You can change this option in the Sky digibox menu system.

Sky box New Eco Mode

Sky box New Eco Mode