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NRDC warns TV energy use can double with smart speaker link

Techstination feature for Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.   I’m Fred Fishkin.        For many households…this has been a rough summer with temperatures and energy bills soaring.    If you’re among those looking to reduce those costs…the National Resources Defense Council has some advice about using some TVs that can be controlled with smart speakers.   Noah Horowitz is the director of the NRDC’s Center for Energy Efficiency Standards…

“The TV that used to draw just a teeny amount of electricity waiting for your remote control …call it less than half a watt…might be using 20 watts of power now keeping other parts of the TV on waiting for that signal from the smart speaker.”

That’s a very significant difference.   Horowitz is hoping TV manufacturers will take action to lessen the impact.   He points out that smart speakers themselves…from Amazon and Google…use little power while waiting for your voice.

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Categories: Consumer Electronics