No one can accuse the Huffington Post of being low-key, so we were somewhat skeptical to read about the war the state of California declared on vampires. It turns out that the “vampires” they were referring to are mobile phone chargers, which waste as much as 60% of the electricity they consume. The “declaration of war” consisted of a unanimous vote by the California Energy Commission to regulate such chargers in the future and it’s expected that the U.S. Department of Energy will ultimately impose similar standards on the federal level once California irons out all the kinks.
Not everyone realizes that chargers continue to consume power whether they’re actively charging mobile phones or not and we confess we’re probably just as guilty as anyone of leaving them permanently plugged in. If and until the California regulations go national, in addition to unplugging your phone charger when you’re not using it, here are a few tips to conserve power on the phone itself so you won’t have to juice it up quite so often:
The last tip is a bit of a no-brainer, of course, but every once in a while, turn off your phone, go outside, and play!