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Don Trammell Level 3 (620 points)
After a 5 month test utilizing several differnt Apple TV's (owned by friends who were part of the test), it is apparent that the Apple TV, being constantly on will significantly raise your electricity bill. Apple could have built in a sleep function but no, the HD spins and spins and the electricity bill goes higher and higher. You might want to consider this before purchasing an AppleTV.

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  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,906 points)
    Or you can unplug it. Or plug it into an outlet with a switch (like most powerstrips) and turn it off when not in use.
  • Don Trammell Level 3 (620 points)
    True enough but then again that would defeat the "always able to sync" functionality. If they can put a sleep facility into the laptops, they can surely outfit the ATV. I think this is simply an oversight on Apples part. There is no way that this is a feature. If left plugged in, the ATV will raise your electricity bills significantly.
  • Rudegar Level 7 (25,539 points)
    you can use such a device as this
    http://cleantechnica.com/2008/05/03/smart-power-strips-the-garlic-of-vampire-ele ctronics/
    and when the computer is turned off the atv likewise

    of cause that would not work if it's to work with a laptop on batts but anyways
  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,906 points)
    Well, given that it takes about 30-60 minutes a day to sync my ATV, turning it off at night doesn't seem to impair it's function for me. Generally, I've got my laptop and external hard drive off at night as well because I can't sleep with the fan noise so there's nothing to sync to anyway. I've got the television and the DVD player (they use power even in standby)hooked into the same powerstrip. Flip one switch and instant green!

    Submit your feedback to Apple:

    www.apple.com/feedback
  • daneanthony Level 1 (0 points)
    when you are done watching apple tv, hold the play/pause button until the white light disappears. apple tv will still have the ability to sync even though the white light isn't on. give that a try and see if your electric bill improves.
  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,906 points)
    Someone a month or so back did the experiment by hooking up one of those things that measures electrical usage fo an appliance. It turns out that putting the ATV into "sleep" mode basically just turns off the display. The drop in power usage is very small. Apparently, the hard drive is still going.
  • DanH Level 5 (4,370 points)
    Can you be more precise than "significantly" when you say it raises the electric bill?

    Here on Cape Cod we pay above national average rates for power and even if the TV NEVER slept (which would happen only if I failed to read the manual and understand how to put it to sleep after use), it would take a whole lot of hours of full-power activity (approx. 22 watts) to reach one kilowatt of consumption, which would cost me just under 20 cents. At its approx. 17-watt "standby" level, which I agree is too high, it would still take nearly 59 hours to rack up that 20 cent charge.

    That means I would be paying between $2.50 and $3.20 a month to run my TV if I left it plugged in all the time. But I don't.

    Yes, the sleep function could be improved, but it is irresponsible to throw out terms like "significant" with no support for the claim.

    -dan
  • kaplucker Level 1 (50 points)
    Significantly? By how much exactly? How many KW hours per month does an AppleTV use if running 24/7? I mean, Al Gore is on the Apple Board, how bad could it be?

    -Keith
  • Don Trammell Level 3 (620 points)
    @Rudegar and Meg,

    Thanks for the suggestions. I might simply go the unplugging route and be done with it. I did submit a feedback request to Apple. We will see if something comes of it.
  • Don Trammell Level 3 (620 points)
    Significant is relevant. What is significant to you, might not be to me.

    I am currently in working in Finland. I saw my bi-monthly electric bill go from 45€ to approximately 75€ since I have had my ATV. For me this is significant.

    So, my claim still stands that the Apple TV in my opinion, and based on my experience and set of facts derived from usage, will raise your electricity bill significantly.
  • Don Trammell Level 3 (620 points)
    Been doing that for about a week now. WIll test it and see how things go. Thanks for the suggestion.
  • Don Trammell Level 3 (620 points)
    If you can find this study or experiment, this would be great. If not, I will take your word for it regardless as I feel that as long as the ATV is plugged in, it will simply drain power. Apple did not think this one all the way through.
  • Don Trammell Level 3 (620 points)
    That is a good question.

    My ATV is on 24/7 plugged in. Not sure how much it is drawing. I might try to see if some of my engineer friends have a device to measure what's going on.
  • Meg St._Clair Level 9 (50,906 points)
    I read it in another post in this forum. A search should turn it up. However, the figures that DanH gave in his post above sound about like the ones I read.

    I was, in a sense agreeing with you in that, even in "sleep" mode, the ATV still uses almost as much power as in standard mode. It does, however, seem difficult to believe that, unless electricity is very expensive where you are, that it would raise it by as much as you say your bill has gone up. You might want to check the seal on your 'fridge!
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