Are gadgets getting more energy efficient?

Not according to the Observer. Instead it predicts a rise in electricity bills by £100 per year for every household to pay for plasma TVs, high-end PCs and mobile phones and a rise in energy use from 1,000 kWh per year at present to 1,700 kWh in 2020. This is likely to wipe out any advantages from improvements in the improved efficiencies of fridges, dishwashers and washing machines.

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4 Responses to Are gadgets getting more energy efficient?

  1. Pete Smith says:

    Um… mixed messages here. Reading the original Observer article, it seems to be more about our insatiable hunger for more/bigger/more powerful/”better” devices, and hardly at all about the efficiency of the devices we are sold. Energy efficiency does not necessarily equate to a smaller energy consumption. Take a 10 year old PC with a crap old 150W power supply, creaky fans and an ancient CRT monitor which has to be run at max brightness and contrast because the phosphor has gone. It may well still use a lot less power than the latest quad-core beasty, but it is a lot less efficient.

  2. keithsc says:

    Quite right Pete. The headline I used was just wrong. The point I was trying to make was that increasing efficiency was not resulting in reduced energy use and that if we are relying on efficiency gains to reduce carbon output we need to think again.

  3. matt says:

    It’s that old chestnut; make a saving elsewhere such as utility bills and spend it on a holiday … overseas! The wealthy west isn’t going to give up it’s carbon footprint. Only way to reduce it is to green the grid as much as possible.

  4. Mich says:

    We could demand wind up technology for a lot more gizmos plus make sure manufacturers make equipment that actually turns off when you press the off button.

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