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California First to Levy Cell Phone Charger Regulations

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Top message:  13%? by dlmjr   Jan 13, 2012, 11:57 AM

Replying to:  That 13% accounts for all vampire power by maokh   Jan 15, 2012, 2:03 AM

To call it 'vampire'

by T Bone    Jan 15, 2012, 3:48 PM

Implies that it is use power without actually doing anything, this is rarely the case. If it's a microwave oven, stove or coffee maker it is keeping the clock running, if it is a game console or computer it is saving your information and putting itself into 'standby' mode so that it doesn't take as long to boot it up next time, if it your DVR it is scanning the channels, recording o5 looking for programs to recommend.....

These appliances are, almost all of them, actually DOING something while they are plugged in, they aren't just wasting electricity for absolutely no purpose, and unplugging them every time you are done using them is counterproductive because it makes the product harder to use the next time you want to use them.

Who wants to reset the clock on the microwave 3 times a day?

Moreover, the idea that stuff is using up electricity for no reason while being left plugged in while not in use is out of date. Yes, 30 years ago, these appliances would suck up electricity for no reason, but since that time technology has advanced so that when they unused for a few hours they go into 'sleep mode' and use very little electricity, the savings from unplugging them altogether are not very significant.

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