Saturday Quiz: Energy Lost on Electronics Standby (May 24, 2008)
Q.:What percentage of household electricity in the U.S. is lost to appliances that are turned off?
A. About 5 percent of household electricity in the U.S. is lost to energizing computers, television and other appliances that are turned off, as a result of poorly designed standby circuitry.
According to The U.S. Department of Energy, there are 2,776 electrical generation plants
in the U.S. That means 140 power plants do nothing but generate the electricity wasted
by DVD players, TVs, answering machines, stereo systems, xBoxes and computers plugged
into wall sockets while not in use. One easy solution: put as many of these devices as is
practical on power strips which can be turned off with one switch.
"Please don't tell me it's impossible unless you're an engineer with Honda Motor Company, in which case I would ask you to look at your own company's vehicles from 1972."
Your ideas are correct of course, but...will people voluntarily adopt them? Yes if they are back to the wall with no other options available, and their children are whining about hunger.
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