You probably never think about it -
but have you ever considered how much energy is consumed
by a phone charger when it's plugged in and not in use?
Well, according to page 10 of this
report from the Energy
Saving Trust, each charger consumes about 1 watt
of power even when it isn't charging anything.
How you interpret the total power consumption
of all of those chargers varies widely. Wikipedia's
figures indicate that there are over 70 million
handsets in the UK alone.. and if you take the average
power consumption per UK household as around 4000 kWh per
year, then that's a potential 153,000 household's worth
of electricity per year being used to charge mobile
phones.. that's a town the size of Swindon.
Campaign comes up with a rather more modest figure
of 33,000 households worth of electricity being wasted.
That's still a fair amount, the size of a small town
such as Leighton Buzzard, Dover or Chorley.
Run in conjunction with Ben & Jerry's
Change College (yes, the ice cream folks) and the
the Unpluggit Campaign is an attempt to raise awareness
about this issue and it also seeks to collect 10,000
signatures in support of the principle of powering off
chargers when not in use. The site has some amusing
video clips too, and there's the chance to win some
free ice cream.
Are we guilty at Mobile Gazette -
yup.. we found 8 chargers plugged in and doing nothing
apart from wasting electricity. This was followed by
an argument over whether we preferred Cherry Garcia
or Cookie Dough flavours of Ben & Jerry's.
And there's always one who likes Chunky Monkey to put
a spanner in the works.
Campaign raises a serious issue in a lighthearted
way and is a reminder to thing hard about all those
things that we leave plugged in when we're not actually
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