Monday, January 16, 2012

The Folly of "Vampire" Power Suck Enviro Craziness

Marketeers know that there is money to be made in superstitions.  One high tech superstition is that all those computers, phones, and other devices are boiling the oceans and melting the ice caps while you sleep, and costing you "hundreds of dollars a year."  Of course, they are quick to sell a kill switch solution.  But is this a real problem?

Is that the case?  Computers, such as the Mac, are often implicated.  We are told by green activists, Don't go into "sleep" mode--turn your computer completely off, and even turn off the power strip or you are not a good green citizen because lots of "vampire" power is being sucked out of the device and trashing the planet.

How do the numbers stack up?  Here are Apple's figures on it's 2009 iMac 27" and using Peace River (Florida) Electric Co-op 2011 costs per kilowatt hour to residential customers:

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