Do you guys leave the atv2 on 24/7 ?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Che Castro, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Che Castro macrumors 603

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  2. randomerratum macrumors 6502

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    I just got one last weekend... I've been leaving it on (it goes to sleep) but i'm curious to see what others do,
     
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    I leave it on. People have established that it draws no more electricity while asleep than a nightlight. There's really no reason to turn it off.
     
  4. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

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    I leave it on and have it set never to sleep.

    My kids would wonder where the power button is if it was asleep...
     
  5. GadgetAddict macrumors 6502

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    I let it go automatically to sleep. I don't see any reason to have it always on.
     
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    Mine is set to go to sleep after 2hrs. I don't see the point in never letting it sleep since it takes no time to wake up.
     
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    I'm not specifically turning it off or putting it to sleep, but I cut the power supply to the entire entertainment-corner when I'm not using it.

    I don't like having too much stuff running when I'm not using it, and want stuff running even less when I'm not home.
     
  8. ayale99 macrumors 6502

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    +1

    It feels like such a waist to leave things on when you're not using them. All I hear is the sound of money being sucked out the window. Not to mention, better for the environment.
     
  9. Viremia macrumors regular

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    My Harmony remote puts it to sleep immediately when I switch to another activity (Watch TV). I don't unplug it or anything else for that matter.
     
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    According to Apple, current draw of the :apple:TV 2 when sleeping is 0.76w; while streaming HD it's 2.08w. If you watch it for 3 hours a day and let it sleep the rest of the time, that averages out to 22.2w/day x 365days ÷ 1000 = 8.103kWh per year. Where I live, average energy cost is 15.01 cents/kWh, so my ATV costs me a whopping $1.22 per year to operate. I'm not losing any sleep over that.
     
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    :D Exactly
     
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    Have never turned it off - it goes to sleep on it's own - it uses almost no power, there is no need to turn it off.
     
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    I have mine set to sleep after 15 minutes....but it's usually in XBMC so it doesn't sleep.
     
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    Have mine set to auto sleep after 2 hours, never switch it fully off
     
  21. newagemac macrumors 68020

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    Exactly. Most light bulbs are 60 watts. This device only uses about 2 watts while streaming HD. Computers literally typically use 100 times more power than the Apple TV.
     
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    This is similar to my setup. All my devices are connected to a activity-sensing power bar. When I turn on the TV, my other devices (ATV2, dvd, wii) will start drawing a current. When I turn the TV off, all these devices are cutoff, and get nothing.

    Only my digital box/PVR is separate, since I want it to be able to run when the TV isn't on.
     
  23. Che Castro thread starter macrumors 603

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    Can you post a link to this magical power strip

    I would like to buy that
     
  24. laurim macrumors 68000

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    You can find them at Amazon.com

    I'm all for saving energy but I honestly don't think there's a significant savings here unless you have a ton of electronics. Plus, you have to give up the advantages of having that small amount of power constantly on and maintaining certain things. All the powered-off devices have to go through a full-reboot time and they will forget any settings that get put into that kind of memory. With the sensing strip, the TV won't turn completely off because it tells the strip what to turn off/on when it goes off/on. You won't want to turn the dvr off because then it won't record when you're not home. If you have a computer running a media server you really don't want to keep turning it off suddenly. The ATV is almost nothing. So what's really left to turn completely off?

    Here's an article that gives the standby power consumption of popular game consoles:

    http://www.hardcoreware.net/reviews/review-356-4.htm

    An XBox 360 and PS3 is about 2-2.5 Watts in standby which the article claims is less than 20 cents per month. The Wii is 10 watts but if you turn off the Connect24 feature it will go down to 1.3W.

    Modern LCD tvs draw about a 1 watt in standby mode. Energy Star appliances are required to have low standby draws.

    I applaud any kind of green living but I think more savings can be had elsewhere and that's where the efforts should be spent.
     
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    They go by a variety of names, but you can search for "smart strip" and find tonnes of them. As someone else mentioned, Amazon carries them. Here's a small selection:
    http://www.amazon.com/Belkin-Conserve-Smart-F7C007q-Energy-Saving/dp/B003P2UMQ2
    http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Strip-LCG5-Auto-Switching-Technology/dp/B000L9635G/

    Not pictured here is one with a timer. I love this kind, and use it for my wireless network. Since I don't need my cable router, wireless router, NAS, or TM backup drive when I'm asleep or at work, so I have them all on a energy smart power bar that shuts these systems down when I'm out of the house. That's 8hrs at work + 6hr when I'm asleep = 14hrs of NOT having these devices sucking power when I don't need them.
     

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