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Could smarter electronics cut power consumption?

With the recent announcement that the UK economy has entered a double dip recession, it’s become more important than ever to people, and to business, to cut back on spending in as many ways as possible.

One such area where people have been trying to cut back, for many years now, has been power consumption.  Whether for ecological or economic reasons, we have been advised not to waste resources – one of these suggested ways is by not leaving things on standby or idle mode when we’re not using them, and not leaving power adapters plugged in. But is this the only solution?

In this article from Cnet, Martin LaMonica discusses how some technology is in place and more being developed to build smarter electronics in order to make our increasing number of gadgets use less power on standby, or when idle. This could not only affect the home user but also the operating costs of a business, as a greater reliance on IT equipment and networking devices comes into play.

If the technology is available, why are more devices not already using it? There are situations in which you want devices to remain fully powered and keep working, and of course it is often of greater convenience if there is no waiting time (such as for a device to boot or recover from standby).

With power consumption ever increasing, so is consumer desire for a smarter use of the power they pay for. Devices like smartphones and tablets already intelligently adjust themselves to preserve power in their batteries – isn’t it about time TVs, DVRs and other systems did the same?

While we wait for our electronics to get smarter, there are things we can do ourselves to reduce the amount of power we use:

  • Turning off devices when they’re not in use.
  • Using power saving devices that will turn off a number of electronics at one time (for example, a device that turns off your printer when your pc is powered down).
  • Using electronics  that are “A” rated or above.
  • Using energy saving light bulbs where possible.
  • Ensure that power saving options are configured on all your PCs and laptops and that devices such as hard drives and monitors are set to standby when not in use.
  • When upgrading PCs look for eco-friendly models that consume less power.

If you need any more information or advice on how we can help you save power and save money, drop us a line on 08452340580 or at info@geek-guru.co.uk

Read the full article here:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57427145-76/got-big-power-bills-blame-dumb-electronics/

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