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Conserving Energy With Your Digital Receiver


Cox is taking an active part in improving the energy efficiency of our receivers. Along with other members of the telecom industry, Cox has signed a voluntary agreement around reducing the amount of energy consumed by video receivers.

  • Cox and other companies post information about the energy consumption of their receivers on energy.cablelabs.com.
  • Through Cox Conserves, Cox has goals to send zero waste to the landfill in the next 10 years and become carbon and water neutral in the next 30 years.

Media Coverage

The US Energy Department put out a press release regarding new cable industry standards. Key points from the Press Release are listed below.

  • The new standards were developed through a non-regulatory agreement between the pay-TV industry, the consumer electronics industry, and energy efficiency advocates.
  • These changes will improve the efficiency of digital receivers by 10 to 45 percent, depending on receiver type, by 2017 and are expected to save more than $1 billion on consumer energy bills annually.
  • Ultimately enough electricity will be saved each year to power 700,000 homes and will avoid more than five million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year.

Auto Power Save Feature

Auto Power Save puts the digital receiver into a light sleep after four hours of inactivity.
  • One minute before entering light sleep, the receiver displays an alert instructing the user to press the SELECT button to keep the receiver powered on.
  • Scheduled recordings will record when the receiver is in light sleep.

Note: Mini Box and Rovi do not have options for power save within the menu options.

Turning the Auto Power Save Feature On or Off on Contour 1

To turn the Auto Power Save feature on or off, follow the steps below.

  1. Press MENU / SETTINGS on the Cox remote.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Receivers.
  4. Select Power Manager.
  5. Select Receiver Power.
  6. Select Auto Power Off or Power Off Manually.

Turning the Auto Power Save Feature On or Off on Contour 2

To turn the Auto Power Save feature on or off, follow the steps below.

  1. Press Contour on the Cox remote.
  2. Select the Settings icon.
  3. Select Device Settings.
  4. Select Power Preferences.
  5. Select Power Saver On or Off.

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