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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

Re: That 13% accounts for all vampire power

by Lena    Jan 16, 2012, 9:42 AM

maokh said:
It is true...about 10-13% of all electricity is standby/vampire/phantom power. But this includes everything from microwaves to dvd players to wall warts. ... Even 1% savings on this massive scale is a lot of energy....

But 1% is still 1%, and if your electric bill is $2000 for the year, and you dutifully unplug every unused charger daily, you will save $20 in a year. Good. That will help pay for the cost of the electrician when he comes out to replace your worn out receptacles.
What's next? Mandated remote controllable thermostats so that CA can control your energy usage during a heat wave or cold snap? Remote controllable refrigerator thermostats to raise the temperature in the fridge during peak demand times? Remote controls on your water heater? The technology to do these things is here, just a matter of time before they are implemented by CA legislators. After all, there must be enough power saved for all those electric vehicles that are being plugged in.
Or maybe we should focus on providing more power rather than legislating pocket lint savings.

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