National energy use of consumer electronics in 1999

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The major consumer electronics in U.S. homes accounted for nearly 7 percent of U.S. residential electricity consumption in 1999. We attribute more than half of this figure (3.6 percent) to televisions, videocassette recorders, and DVD players, and nearly one-third (1.8 percent) to audio products. Set-top boxes currently account for a relatively small fraction of residential electricity use (0.7 percent), but we expect this end-use to grow quickly with the proliferation of digital set-top boxes, which currently use 40 percent more energy per unit than the average TV set. In all, these consumer electronics plus telephone products consumed 75 TWh in ... continued below

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Rosen, Karen; Meier, Alan & Zandelin, Stefan February 15, 2000.

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The major consumer electronics in U.S. homes accounted for nearly 7 percent of U.S. residential electricity consumption in 1999. We attribute more than half of this figure (3.6 percent) to televisions, videocassette recorders, and DVD players, and nearly one-third (1.8 percent) to audio products. Set-top boxes currently account for a relatively small fraction of residential electricity use (0.7 percent), but we expect this end-use to grow quickly with the proliferation of digital set-top boxes, which currently use 40 percent more energy per unit than the average TV set. In all, these consumer electronics plus telephone products consumed 75 TWh in the U.S. in 1999, half of which was consumed while the products were not in use. This energy use is expected to grow as products with new or advanced functionality hit the market.

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  • ACEEE 2000 Summer Study in Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Pacific Grove, CA (US), 08/20/2002--08/25/2002

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  • Report No.: LBNL--45988
  • Grant Number: AC03-76SF00098
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 795323
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Rosen, Karen; Meier, Alan & Zandelin, Stefan. National energy use of consumer electronics in 1999, article, February 15, 2000; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc741160/: accessed August 17, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.