U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Monday, September 30, 2013

The Complex Set-Top Box Market

In 2008 the set-top box (STB) was one of the biggest energy users in the American home. These devices, typically provided by cable, satellite, or phone companies, consumed 27 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity that year, as much as the entire state of Maryland. Thanks to ENERGY STAR and its partners, in 2013 the energy consumption associated with these products has been dramatically reduced, and the ENERGY STAR program is recognized as a practical, win-win solution to this serious problem.