Posts Tagged ‘electricity use’

Energy-efficiency and “green” at the Consumer Electronics Show

January 16, 2011

Like most of you, I did not attend CES last week.  But I did scour the reports, blogs, and tweets for news of what might be coming down the pike from a green or energy-efficiency perspective.  And this is a real issue.  And we grow the number of gadgets (my Android phone is charging right now–and I do like it!)  in our homes and the size of our TVs, we gobble up increasing amounts of energy.  Over the last year we’ve talked about home electricity use, smart metersphantom loads, and a favorite, the CREE CR6 and LR6 LED lights.  Home electricity use is an issue that won’t go away.

As I mentioned, I wasn’t at the show.  And I haven’t seen most of the new stuff first hand.  Here, though, are a few links I found interesting, not so much for individual products but for the trends they hint at.

Some things to keep an eye on, anyway.


TVs, Computers, X-Boxes, and Phantom Loads

September 21, 2009

Something we should talk more about–the tremendous increase we continue to see in residential residential use as we add a plethora of electronic gadgets to our daily lives.  Many of these–TVs, game consols, cable boxes–use a lot of energy even when not in use or “off”.   The NYTimes wrote yesterday Plugged-In Age Feeds a Hunger for Electricity about the issue.  What they didn’t mention is that in the face of this growing use why it is now even more important to look at other ways to save energy in the home to offset this (or figure out where we’re going to build the 560 coal-fired plants to meet the demand–and how we’d like to pay for it!).

This is a thread we’ll have to come back to.


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