Computer's energy costs

How much energy is being sucked up by the technology around your home? And what can you do about it?
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01.Switch it off!

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In brief

  • Modern video game systems consume more power than most household devices.
  • Some televisions can consume more energy than a small refrigerator.
  • Placing equipment into standby mode can significantly reduce energy usage.

While technology often makes our lives easier, its use in daily life has a clear impact on the world’s natural resources and environment. Studies show that many of us simply aren’t aware of just how much energy household electronics consume.

Computer manufacturers in particular are not required to reveal energy consumption information on product packaging, so consumers are largely left in the dark as to how much power many of these devices actually use.

But this doesn’t mean you can’t do something about it. There is much that can be done around your home and office to reduce energy usage, and save yourself some money in the process.

Please note: this information was current as of May 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market. 



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