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Is TiVo really worth 30kW/hr a month ($4.5)?

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After a few months of using the UFO Powerstrip I’ve made a few interesting and unexpected findings. The first one is that the TiVo Series 3 uses in excess of 1kW/hr a day. Depending on where you live in the U.S., this translates into $3.5 to $4.5 a month for cost of electricity alone and more than 40 pounds a month of CO2 emissions! To me this is mind boggling. Particularly considering how useless the “recommendations” are and the limited use that I make of the recordings (F1, Euro Football). I can’t wait until a proper per pay streaming of international sports events becomes available so I can dispose of my power hungry TiVo.


Written by Marco G.

June 4, 2009 at 9:24 am

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  1. How much energy does the UFO Powerstrip use over the course of a month to serve up data and run its lights?

    Looking forward to this hitting the markets…seems very cool.


    June 4, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    • The UFO Powerstrip uses less than 2 watts of power. This translates into less than 1.5 kW/hr a month. The LED light itself uses 0.4 watts. It can be turned off by users if they want to reduce the Powerstrip’s consumption to 1.5 watts. (Or it makes a great energy efficient nightlight if you want to leave it on.)

      In comparison, a fluorescent nightlight uses 5-6 watts and an LED nightlight uses less than 1 watt.

      The UFO Powerstrip’s consumption will be easily offset by the power savings it produces. We will give more specific details of the savings in an upcoming post.

      Marco G.

      June 6, 2009 at 11:56 am

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