This Thursday, October 6, the government announced its energy austerity plan to deal with the energy crisis and the risk of blackouts this winter. This contains a digital component with various proposals, some of which are directly aimed at internet boxes.
There are no small savings. To cope with the energy crisis, the government is trying reduce energy consumption families by any means possible. This will partly involve the continuous modernization of equipment. In his energy prudence planthe government tells who fiber lines consume three times less than lines DSLDSLand that in dense areas the 5G network consumes 10 times less than 4G and 50 times less than 3G, to transmit the same amount of data.
However, among the proposals, the government wants operators to reduce the consumption of Internet boxes by adding the possibility of placing them on standby at night, even during the day in case of absence. The new measure is part of the digital component of the prudence plan and attacks both the box itself and TV set-top boxes.
Functions already provided by certain devices
For the internet box, which manages the ADSL or fiber connection as well as the network WirelessWireless, the government wants operators to set up a monitoring system in case of non-use. Thus, users can choose cut some services, like Wi-Fi. This mode can operate during a user-defined time period, for example overnight, or the device can automatically go to sleep if there is no activity. The new Livebox 6 now offers a standby mode that saves 93% of electricity consumption. However, all services have been interrupted, including telephone. To keep the phone fixed, you have to use light standby and the savings drop to just 30%.
According to a Green IT study cited in the text, a box consumes an average of 158 kWh of electricity and up to 300 kWh depending on the model. Nationally, this represents 6.5 TWh (terawatt hours). Set-top boxes are also targeted, and the government would like them to automatically turn off with the TV, rather than after a certain period of inactivity. Note that this function already exists by enabling the HDMI function CECCEC on compatible devices, an option offered on all recent boxes…
A clock that may be a problem for some connected objects
According to Frédéric Bordage of Green IT, “ by turning off internet boxes and TV set-top boxes over a wide range during the day and part of the night, savings can be around 50% “. This is 3.25 TWh. Active Green IT websitein addition to proposing that truly effective monitoring be made mandatory for boxes and set-top boxes, he also proposes other avenues, such as mandatory collection of boxes in collective housing.
It remains to be seen whether putting boxes on standby is a measure that is really viable. Some devices, such as security systems, do not constantly communicate with the box, but require an always-available connection to trigger the alarm. Not to mention a lot home automation facilities that require a link to be controlled by centercenter central, including some used to reduce electricity consumption (thermostatthermostat smart switches, connected, etc.).