Just because something is bigger does not always mean it uses more power. In fact, according to the Digital Power Group, smartphones might be costing people more in energy than what it takes to run a refrigerator. This is shocking considering how big refrigerators are and how much they have to run in order to keep food cold.
Mark Mills, who is the CEO at Digital Power Group, has released a new report that he is calling The Cloud Beings With Coal. In this report, he shows that the average power consumption that an iPhone uses on a yearly basis is around 361 kilowatt-hours. This number was figured up by factoring in the energy usage that comes from battery charging, wireless connections and data usage. The shocking find was the fact that a refrigerator only uses about 322 kilowatt-hours a year. This puts the power consumption of the iPhone a lot higher than what it takes to cool people’s food for a full year.
Digital Power Group says that this report is a real eye opener for most people. A lot of people out there do not think that their little gadgets use up a lot of energy, but they do. People have a number of things plugged in and running all the time in their homes. These gadgets continue to suck energy even when they are not in use. In short, this leaves people with higher energy bills than what they want and increases their carbon footprint.
The truth is that technology is the real reason why the carbon footprint of the world continues to rise. There servers and computers are on and running 24 hours a day. On top of this, cooling systems have to run all the time to keep these servers cool. When people sit back and think about it, the amount of energy it takes to run the technology that everyone is so dependent on is massive.
According to this report, the Information-Communications-Technologies Ecosystem uses close to 1,550 terawatt-hours of power every single day. This is enough energy to power all of Japan and Germany for a full year. Back in 1985, this was enough power to light up the whole world. Overall, this ecosystem eats up at least 10 percent of the total energy output of the world. To make matters worse, it does not seem to be slowing down but actually growing in the amount of energy it consumes.