Report Details Just How Much Power Idle Electronics Waste
That devices waste power when they’re plugged in isn’t news, but a new report indicates the scale of the problem is increasing all the time.By Evan Thomas | May 9, 2015
Idle household electronics waste a huge amount of power. That's not exactly news.
But a new study by the Natural Resources Defense Council quantifies the problem: these gadgets suck down $19 billion of electricity annually — or about 50 large power plants’ worth.
The NRDC analyzed energy usage in more than 70,000 homes in northern California, specifically the idle consumption of various electronics.