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Ask Umbra: Is it bad to leave chargers plugged in?

Ask Umbra: Is it bad to leave chargers plugged in?

I know it’s supposed to be bad to leave your cell phone charger plugged in when it’s not charging, but here’s something I find myself wondering often: Is it as bad to leave it plugged in with your phone attached after it’s been charged? And what about my laptop charger? Does that leak energy? Can’t remember if you’ve covered this before. T.G. Oakland, Calif. A. Dearest T.G., I have indeed covered some of this before, once or twice , but your question is timely: Just last month, your fine state adopted new energy-efficiency rules for chargers , citing potential residential and commercial savings of $306 million a year. Also, I am all zinged up by your question about leaving chargers attached to gadgets when their job is done — an important, but often overlooked, variable in this multi-pronged energy equation. First, a refresher on things that plug in, which allows us to ban...

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