30 Jan '14, 7pm

These tiny power hungry devices are devouring $70 billion in annual energy costs.

Washington, D.C. —A new analysis of devices and equipment commonly found in U.S. homes and businesses concludes that these products, with more than 2 billion in use, consume more energy each year than many large countries use to power their entire economies. Household devices, such as TVs, computers, and ceiling fans, and commercial equipment, such as elevators, icemakers, and MRI machines, use 7.8 quadrillion Btus each year—which is more than the primary energy use of Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, or 200 other countries, and is more than the amount of oil that the U.S. imports from the Persian Gulf and Venezuela each year. The findings come from a new report, Miscellaneous Energy Loads in Buildings , released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The good news is that these devices could be made to use 40–50 percent less energy with exis...

Full article: http://aceee.org/press/2013/06/power-hungry-devices-use-7...

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