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Policy
G U E ST B LO G

Consumers Save $3.5 Billion
in Energy Consumption
By NCTA - The Internet & Television Association

 T 

he industry's green efforts to reduce
energy consumption through voluntary
agreements are paying off. In July, D+R
International's audit on home internet equipment found that devices such as modems and
routers were nearly 20 percent more energy efficient than they were prior to the voluntary
agreement for small network equipment,
and the good news continues.

set-top box on smart TVs, tablets or using low-power
devices such as an Apple TV or a Roku device.

Tracking Savings

To help track energy savings resulting from consumer use
of apps, revisions were made to the voluntary agreement
that require service providers to track and report the number of devices that customers used to access their content
in the prior year, and to identify the platforms on which
their apps are available. Every provider reported supporting between four and 14 platforms - such as
Samsung, LG, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV,
D+R released its latest data, which reported the
Google Chromecast and Android - with more platstrongest year yet in achieving savings under the
forms under development. In 2017, consumers used
voluntary agreement for set-top box energy effimore than 100 million devices to access the pay TV
ciency. Consumers saved a tremendous $3.5 billion
providers services using these apps, compared to just
($1.4 billion in 2017 alone) and avoided more than
over 200 million set-top boxes.
20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions in
This is the first time that actual app usage data
the past five years since the award-winning program
from the major U.S. service providers has been availwas implemented. The signatories of the agreement
able, and it shows that consumer adoption of
include pay TV providers, manufacturers and energy
video apps is off to a strong start.
efficiency advocates.
As NCTA General Counsel Neal
The report found that national set-top box
Goldberg said, "One-third of all
annual energy consumption has declined by
devices used by consumers
34 percent in the five years under the volD+R released its latest
to access [multichannel
untary agreement, even as set-top
data, which reported
video programming] serboxes have been upgraded and
the strongest year yet in
vices in 2017 were not operator
enhanced with new features and
achieving savings under the provided set-top boxes, and as
functions. More, from 2016 to 2017,
that percentage continues to
the industry saw its year-over-year
voluntary agreement for
increase,
consumers will save even more
energy savings increase by nearly 50
set- top box energy
energy in addition to enjoying more
percent as the parties implemented
efficiency.
choice in how they watch video."
more rigorous energy levels that
"To date, the Voluntary Agreement has brought
became effective in 2017.
progress in set-top box energy efficiency - in the
D+R reported that DVRs, once the most
form of energy and cost savings - to more than 90 million
energy-intensive type of set-top box, are a key
U.S. households," said Jennifer Amann, buildings program
area of savings. D+R found that new DVRs use 46 percent
director for the American Council for an Energy-Efficient
less energy than those that were purchased prior to the
Economy. "We look forward to continuing to work with
agreement, and that nearly all DVRs today were purchased
the industry to ensure ongoing improvements to set-top
under the agreement's commitments.
boxes and related advances that will save consumers even
More, consumers are using fewer DVRs because of
more on energy costs while reducing emissions."
whole-home technologies that enable them to watch
For more information on the energy efficiency
recorded content on multiple TVs using a single DVR, and
voluntary agreements and a list of signatories, visit
because of apps that enable customers to watch the service
www.energy-efficiency.us/
providers' video services without any operator-provided
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