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Did you know chargers use energy when your device isn't plugged in? New standards could prevent this energy loss:

Did you know chargers use energy when your device isn't plugged in? New standards could prevent this energy loss:

A measure took effect earlier in February that will affect virtually everyone in the United States. While it drew little public notice, it will cut your energy bill and reduce harmful pollution. What was it? Eagerly awaited national energy efficiency standards for the little black boxes on the cords that connect many of our electronics — such as smartphones, computer laptops and electric toothbrushes — to wall outlets. Known as external power supplies, or the less elegant term "wall warts," these power adapters may be small, but they consume a lot of energy. With 5 to 10 external power supplies in the average U.S. household, the new efficiency standards are projected to save consumers $300 million a year in electricity costs and reduce the carbon pollution that fuels dangerous climate change. The standards, which will make new external power supplies up to 33 percent more ...

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