Standby for a greener Sky

The Sky+ box may be the best thing to happen to TV since colour but it's not too popular with the tree hugging greenies.Seems its need for constant po

The Sky+ box may be the best thing to happen to TV since colour but it's not too popular with the tree hugging greenies.Seems its need for constant power isn't very friendly on the environment. So, by way of compromise, Sky's now said it's going to ensure that its boxes will at least automatically switch themselves to the reduced power sucking standby mode overnight – provided they're not being used of course.Sky will be sending the update to all Sky HD boxes (pictured) today and then gradually to all Sky+ boxes from next month.Sadly it can't be super-green and switch them off completely because then they wouldn't be able to wake themselves up to catch Lost on Sunday, which, lets face it, is more important than saving the planet.The broadcaster reckons the move will also slash an impressive £7.5 million off our annual 'leccy bills – or, er, £2.50 per box. Still that's 32,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide that won't be needlessly pumped into the atmosphere. Bravo Sky.

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