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Sky digibox gets energy-saving update

Sky software update could save consumers £20m

Sky Digibox

Sky Digibox

Sky has began to roll out a software upgrade that will trigger Sky Digiboxes to switch to standby, during the day, when the box is unused.

A similar function already exists during the night-time, where a Sky Digibox automatically switches to standby if left unused for two hours. The new energy-saving upgrade, will cause Sky Digiboxes to switch to standby when left unused for four hours during the daytime.

Sky Digibox software upgrade

Ben Stevens, Which? researcher, said: ‘It’s great to see companies putting energy-saving matters at the forefront of their development. In the consumer electronics industry it is the responsibility of both the manufacturer and the consumers to use power more efficiently. Sky’s software upgrade shows that Sky is addressing this issue, but we would also advise consumers to be proactive, and switch devices off when not in use, rather than switching them to standby’.

The upgrade has already been downloaded to some models, and is said to be available to 9 million Sky customers by July 2009. Sky estimates that this upgrade will save Sky customers around £20 million collectively in reduced energy bills. It is also predicted that the move will reduce Sky’s carbon footprint by 90,000 tonnes.

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