Tuesday, August 20, 2013

your iPhone runs on coal

Well, only in a manner of speaking.


Your wireless connection and data usage is the whole point of a smartphone, right?

But that eats a lot of electricity.

Add the daily battery charge and your phone uses more electricity in an average year than a good, mid-sized refrigerator.

An Energy Star rated fridge uses about 322 kW-h a year.

An iPhone uses about 361 if you include its share of electricity that’s needed to make the network function. And it gets worse.


According to Mark Mills, CEO of Digital Power Group, it now takes more energy to stream a high-def movie through NETFLIX than to manufacture and ship a plastic DVD of the same film.


Whaaa?! So who is celebrating?

The National Mining Association and the American Coalition for Clean Coal, that’s who. 

Europe runs on the atom but American’s have no stomach for nuclear energy, so coal is still the largest source of electricity in the world. 

A few extra fridge’s per household keep Facebook mobile, the shareholders happy and our air less fit to breath.


God Bless America.


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