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More efficient cable boxes are in the works

To the editor: Your recent article on the energy efficiency of set-top boxes claims the devices are the second-biggest energy users in many homes. Actually, the total energy use by set-top boxes ranks below many other home energy uses, including heating, air conditioning, lighting and water heating. ("Cable TV boxes become 2nd biggest energy users in many homes," June 16) The story also fails to recognize the important advances being made through the voluntary Set-Top Box Energy Conservation Agreement, which is a joint effortof industry and energy advocates to make set-top boxes more efficient. After one year of operation, we are already ahead of schedule, with 85% of new set-top...

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