Now this is good news. Many people know that we are suppose to unplug stuff that isn’t being used, like cell phone chargers. Sounds simple, but winds up being a hassle, and ends up in the “yeah, I should do that list”. We’ve all been there. I’ve worked very hard in my own home to get us to the point where we’re consistent in unplugging the phone chargers, but it took years. Well, AT&T is introducing a new charger that doesn’t need to be unplugged. Hallelujah!!! It’s a smart charger that knows when a phone is or is not plugged into it. When there is nothing plugged into the charger is stops sucking power. The type of energy waste from chargers and other electronics plugged into sockets that draw energy on stand-by is called vampire energy consumption. According to AT&T and the U.S. EPA an estimated 12% of the U.S. energy consumption is wasted on vampire energy waste. That is 120 billion kWh which cost Americans 12 billion in electrical bills.
A Charger That Doesn’t Suck March 19, 2010