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06-16-2011 12:34 PM #1
Power Consumption of Dish Receivers
So I got a nastygram from my power company yesterday. They say I use 30% more electricity than my 'effcient' neighbors and 9% more than my average neighbors. So I was curious about what power load all my various toys use. I got a kill-a-watt to see. It turns out that my vip612 in standby draws almost 80 watts, and 85 when its on. That is a crazy amount of wattage for standby. I pay just over 10c a killowatt, and at that draw it costs over 6 dollars a month in phantom power draw. Pretty crazy. Are any of the newer dvr's more effcient at standby?
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06-16-2011 12:41 PM #2
I have seen posts like this in the past and yes, this is typical. I have seen posts from others stating that there was only a 1 or 2 watt difference between the unit being on and 'off'. As you just saw, the receiver is never really off, it only turns the video output off (and even that is not really totally off), everything else stays on.
Edit: I do not know if the actual wattage that you posted is typical, I was just commenting about there not being much difference between on and off.
06-16-2011 12:57 PM #3
06-16-2011 01:05 PM #4SatelliteGuys Regular
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On the plus side my EHD only draws 2 watts
06-16-2011 01:25 PM #5
If our laptops were designed by the same engineers that designed these Satellite receivers, our laptops would have been dead 2.5 hours after we turned them "off"!
06-16-2011 02:17 PM #6