Are Electronic Devices Wasting Energy or Not?

July 10, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

games energy manageThe Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) says a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) contains some misleading information.

IEA’s report, “More Data, Less Energy: Making Network Standby More Efficient in Billions of Connected Devices,” finds that in 2013, the world’s networked devices consumed around 616 TWh of electricity, the majority of which was used in standby mode. Of that total, around 400 TWh was wasted because of inefficient technology.

But Doug Johnson, vice president of technology policy with the CEA, said, “Contrary to implications of the IEA report, we find that consumer electronics now account for a lower percentage of electricity usage per US household than they did just three years ago – even as they’ve seen significantly higher market penetration in US homes. Just last year, CEA and other international organizations in the World Electronics Forum highlighted the importance of reducing the power consumed by connected devices in network standby mode and supported several principles that are referenced in the IEA report.”

CEA recently commissioned and released a study from the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, Energy Consumption of Consumer Electronics in US Homes in 2013, showing that electricity usage per US home is falling although in-home consumer electronics have multiplied.

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