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California's cellphones, tablet computers, power tools and hundreds of other portable electronic devices will be required to have energy-stingy battery chargers beginning next year.
The California Energy Commission, by a 3-0 vote Thursday, approved first-in-the-nation efficiency standards designed to drive stakes through the hearts of about 170 million so-called vampire charging systems that waste as much as 60% of the electricity they suck from outlets.
The regulations, which generated strong opposition from appliance and consumer products makers, are expected to save enough electricity to power 350,000 homes, equivalent to a city the size of Bakersfield.
350,000 homes? Really?
The report says consumers would pay an additional 40 cents for an electric toothbrush with an efficient battery charger, but would save $1.19 in electricity costs over the lifetime of the product.
Just think what you could to that whopping $1.19 savings in electricity over the life of the toothbrush.
You could possibly save a buck or two over the life of your cellphone. Many cellphone users charge their phones with a car charger.
Trade groups for manufacturers of battery-operated consumer products agree with the commission's goal of making electronics that use less power. But they question the commission's cost-savings estimates and challenge the need for stringent state standards. California should wait for the federal government to issue nationwide efficiency rules, they said.