The presence of electronics in the consumer world continues to grow with the release of new and upgraded versions of devices every few months. Itâ€™s quite common for people to own multiple electronics, interchanging devices throughout the day and draining the battery life in each. These electronics and their corresponding chargers do not seem to consume a significant amount of kWh on paper, but they do waste energy by transferring it as heat (which becomes apparent when chargers become hot to the touch) and getting lost en route from the original energy source. Below are a few tips to help you save energy with your smartphone, tablet, e-reader, and MP3 player.
Although you may have gotten into the habit of charging your phone overnight while you sleep, this practice may actually be harming your smartphone. According to Cellutips.comâ€™s cellphone battery guide, lithium-ion batteries that stay plugged in past 100% could damage the battery’s health over the long run in addition to using up unnecessary energy. Unplug your phone from its charger as soon as it is fully charged and be sure to unplug the charger from the wall when it is not in use. An alternative to unplugging is usingÂ a socket timer that you can program to automatically turn off when your device is done charging. Â You can see an example of a socket timerÂ here.Â Be sure to also turn off the Bluetooth feature when it is not in use as it eats up energy while it tries to connect to other devices.
Tablets and e-readers
Tablets and e-readers such as the Kindle or Nook are powerful devices that save a lot of space and paper on their own. Itâ€™s advisable to adjust light settings by lowering the brightness in order to protect your vision, but it will also reduce the amount of times you need to charge your device.
Because MP3 players use the same batteries as most smartphones, the same limitations to charging times apply.Â Close applications that are not being used and try to save downloading for when you are connected to Wi-Fi rather than 3G or 4G to minimize the impact on your battery.Â Socket timers can be used for these devices as well and much more.
If you own any handheld electronic devices such as the ones listed above, you can reduce phantom loads and save money on your utility bill by investing in a power strip and shutting it off when all devices have finished charging.
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