California becomes the first state to require energy-efficient chargers

California becomes the first state to require energy-efficient chargers
California is now officially the first state to require energy efficient chargers from consumer electronics companies. The California Energy Commission voted 3 to 0 to approve legislation that would force phone, tablet and laptop makers to bundle their devices with energy savvy chargers startging from February 1st, 2013.

With estimates showing that 13% of the electricity the state consumes eaten up by electronics, this could save enough to power up 350,000 homes. In other measurements, this could also bring $306 million back to Californians’ pockets.

The more energy thrifty chargers though might result in a higher price on consumer electronics. The technology, though, is allegedly already there for the big companies like Apple, Samsung and Nokia. Another issue to deal with is overcharging devices - users often don’t plug the phone off after it’s gotten fully juiced up. The effort to go green will pay off in the long term, though, so would you be willing to pay slightly more for a greener device?

source: IntoMobile



1. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

"plug the phone off"? Wait - this is written by the same guy that wrote the "Apple to introduce authoring tools to “digitally destroy” textbooks on Thursday " headline which I've already said reads as though they're going to have expiring textbooks or a cyberattack. And just unplugging the PHONE won't fix it - you have to unplug the CHARGER. I don't believe it can be that hard to have the charger itself sense whether there is a device plugged into it, and turn off when there isn't. And even if 13% of the state's electricity use is by electronics, how much is from things with chargers? What about desktop PCs, and the myriad of kitchen devices that now just have to have a clock and timer and no real off switch?

2. mctcm

Posts: 204; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Califorina -- wants to save electricity but spends itself into fiscal oblivion paying for health, education, and housing of mexicans

4. Baseballer

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

You gonna be racist to mexicans? Because i have a problem with that.

3. snowgator

Posts: 3624; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sure, this will help California. The same way ensuring that dripping faucet is turned off as your main water line is blowing leaks will help your water bill. This state seems to always come out with regulations, requirements, and laws designed to help offset a myriad of problems and yet falls deeper and deeper into debt, pollution, and continues to be the most expensive place to live. But, they will have these really advanced chargers....

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