My cousin Alison wrote me an email this evening asking how she could stop her always-on DVR (the “not-a-TiVo®” things cable companies will rent) from gobbling electricity.
Here’s her email,
I am trying to do my next round of tightening up and have read all the stuff about turning off your “always on” appliances, but after much googling couldn’t find the answer to my real question: if I turn off my cable box, will my dvr stop recording?
So then I remembered—aha, my cousin Tom’s website.
And spent a little more time surfing around there, which was incredibly informative and pleasant BUT I still couldn’t find the answer.
So then I thought I’d take the lazy way out and just ask you.
Your very very pale green cousin
To which I promptly and thoughtfully replied
Yes, it will stop recording.
However, consider the following tip: if you have nothing to record between, say midnight to 4pm, you can do this:
1) Plug everything (TV, Cable Box, DVD Player, whatever) into a power strip
2) Plug the power strip into a light timer
3) Set the light timer to turn off at midnight and on at 4pm
4) plug the light timer into the wall
Then, not only will you miss little or nothing, you will get rid of the power of the cable box and the standby power of the TV and whatever else, and have the whole system off for two-thirds of the day.
Your friendly neighborhood energy conservation cousin,