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California First to Levy Cell Phone Charger Regulations

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Jan 13, 2012, 9:44 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

California voted on Thursday to require consumer electronics manufacturers to ship devices with energy-efficient chargers starting next year. The goal of the law is to save energy, as consumers often leave cell phone, tablet, and laptop chargers plugged in when not charging their devices. Many chargers continue to draw power, even without a device attached, and account for up to 13% of all the power used in California. The California Energy Commission believes the law will lead to $306 million in annual energy savings, and conserve enough energy to power 350,000 homes. Though the law was opposed by consumer electronics makers, some cell phone manufacturers already offer energy-efficient chargers. The law goes into effect February 1, 2013.

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