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Set-Top Boxes and Cable Boxes

Last Updated: 09/19/17 Click to see brand name products that meet these requirements

A device combining hard ware components with software programming designed for the primary purpose of receiving television and related services from terrestrial, cable, satellite, broadband, or local networks and providing video output using at least one direct video connection.

Life Cycle Cost Savings

For most applications, Energy Star-qualified A/V equipment has the lowest life-cycle cost. An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective.

Set-Top Boxes (STBs) that meet the version 5.0 Energy Star specification will offer more than 30% or 21kWh in savings per year beyond conventional products.  If all STBs sold in the United States were Energy Star certified, the cost savings would grow to more than $580 million each year and more than 8 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented, equivalent to the emissions from over 790,000 vehicles.

Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
Additional Guidance
Version 5.0 Energy Star specification sets aggressive new energy efficiency requirements for the full suite of cable, satellite, internet protocol (IP), and over-the-top set-top boxes (STBs) which will take effect on January 1, 2017.  The specification also establishes efficiency levels for thin client STBs that will be met through implementation of Deep Sleep or other innovative means.  Thin client STB products manufactured must meet the requirement by January 1, 2018.  Any non-thin client STB products manufactured must meet the requirement by January 1, 2017.