Sunday, July 03, 2011

Pulling the Plug and Unhooking the Cable on Cable TV

It's official. I canceled the cable. I returned the cable box and remote control yesterday. Comcast is going to charge me more than I thought I would have to pay to keep the Internet and for now the phone, but I figure I will still save nearly $90 a month.

But I did discover I will have an unexpected bonus: not only will I save money but I will also save energy. According to a recent New York Times story,
Those little boxes that usher cable signals and digital recording capacity into televisions have become the single largest electricity drain in many American homes, with some typical home entertainment configurations eating more power than a new refrigerator and even some central air-conditioning systems.
So goodbye dear old cable TV box. This is the first time in over 30 years--so long that I can't even remember when cable TV came into my life--that I will be cable-less. So far, I can honestly say I don't miss it.


Marion said...

Wow, I didn't know they took up so much energy! Food for thought...I've been following your cable posts and have been considering doing the same for awhile. Your story might just be what does it! xx

Sheila said...

Well, it turned out to be less scary than I thought. I can live without it. It had gotten to the point where practically the only thing I cared to watch out of the gazillon offerings was HGTV. In the brief time sans cable, I have completed reading a book, taken up cross stitching and started another book. It is nice to find other things to spend time doing rather than automatically turning on the TV.