consumer electronics

Has Consumer Electronics Energy Use Finally Peaked?

June 28, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The Consumer Electronics Association just issued its latest report on the amount of electricity used by consumer electronics and it’s finally begun to come down. However, the total is still enormous, equal to the output of more than 50 large power plants and costing consumers about $20 billion annually.[read more]

The Incredible Shrinking "Power Brick"

June 2, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Shrinking Power Brick

While laptops continue to shrink in size and weight, the “power bricks” that charge them remain heavy and bulky. But now, MIT spinout FINsix has invented an adapter that’s roughly one-quarter the size and one-sixth the weight of a conventional brick, and just as efficient.[read more]

Java for the Grid Edge: From Blu-Ray Players to Smart Grid Devices

April 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Java and the Grid

The long-promised goal of embedding open, flexible computing power in all types of smart grid devices is starting to be realized in 2014. Open platforms are being introduced. Multi-vendor partnerships driven by utilities are creating new ways for technology to interact on the grid edge.[read more]

California Setting Standards On the California Energy Commission Process

August 20, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

California Setting Standards

With roughly as many computers as people in California, we spend a staggering $700 million annually on the electricity needed to power them and their monitors. Imagine how much we could save on our utility bills if they didn’t waste energy even when we’re not using them.[read more]

Modems and Routers: Little Black Boxes, Big Energy Hogs

July 13, 2013 by Peter Lehner

Home Energy Use

Your high-speed modem and router—those little blinking boxes that you use to stream video and get email—could be eating up as much energy as your TV, and twice as much as your laptop. What a waste.[read more]


The Consumer Electronics Industry takes Smart Grid Home

January 12, 2011 by Anto Budiardjo

The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the largest show globally dedicated to new consumer electronics, and this year, the smart connected home played a central role in CES discussions. From new home automation technologies, to Smart Grid-specific consumer electronics like GE’s Nucleus energy manager and LG’s suite of smart...[read more]

News from the CES: Induction chargers FTW?S,

January 7, 2009 by Lynne Kiesling

[Note: FTW=for the win, for those of you who don't waste your time in the jargon of the tubez of the Interwebz.-ed.]I am glad to hear that the big buzz from the Consumer Electronics Show 2009 is induction chargers for electronic devices. Wikipedia’s got a nice explanation of inductive charging if you are not familiar with the idea; if...[read more]