Turned-off electronics are using up tons of electricity. From The New York Times:
[...]Indeed, the Department of Energy estimates that in the average home, 40 percent of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Add that all up, and it equals the annual output of 17 power plants, the government says. In an effort to address that, a consortium of Intel, Google, PC makers and other technology companies this week announced their intent to increase the PCâ€™s overall energy efficiency to 90 percent.
Products that idle in what the industry calls low-power mode, or lopomo, consumed about 10 percent of total electricity in California homes, according to a 2002 study prepared for the California Energy Commission by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A few of those devices, even those with Energy Star ratings that signal that they are less wasteful, still use a lot of power. â€œSome of the larger big-screen TVs consume as much energy each year as a new refrigerator,â€? according to Noah Horowitz, a scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. [full text]
So while my computer is sitting here all night long, turned off, it is still using electricity? That just doesn’t seem right. As the article goes on to detail, Google and other big online corporations are pushing for more energy efficiency.
h/t Bullnotbull.com for the link.