Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Excellent NRDC Green IT Report on Set-Top Box Energy Consumption Issues

"In 2010, set-top boxes in the United States consumed approximately 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, which is equivalent to the annual output of nine average(500 MW) coal-fired power plants. The electricity required to operate all U.S. boxes is equal to the annual household electricity consumption of the entire state of Maryland, results in 16 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and costs households more than $3 billion each year. Fortunately, there is great potential for improving the efficiency and reducing the cost of operating these electronics relied upon by so many viewers."

MPICT highly recommends reading this report and infusing Green IT concepts and values in all students.

National Resource Defense Council

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