Energy Impact of Smartphones

Jul 12, 2017

It seems like everyone has their nose buried in their Smartphone these days.  Granted, there are a lot of great applications for these intelligent phones.  From checking the security of your home to checking the weather, Smartphones can do some really amazing things.  But what impact are these phones having on your power bill and our environment? 

Surprisingly, it only costs about 25 cents per year, or 3.5 to 4.9 kilowatt hours to charge these new phones.  However, when you multiply that by the 567 million Smartphones purchased worldwide this year alone, the energy profile begins to look a little more intimidating.  If we consider that these phones are beginning to replace laptops, gaming systems, and even televisions, perhaps a Smartphone is a good way to decrease energy consumption.