Americans have been increasing the number of electronics in their household to the point where the home electricity use of these items in CA has increased to 31% of the home electrcity use. The burdon on the states electrical grid has California looking at setting energy standards for these electronics. As HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) equipment, washers and dryers plus kitchen appliances have improved in their energy efficiency the focus is shifting to consumer electronics because those items are now taking a larger chunk of the home's energy use.
According to the article, Andrew deLaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Project, said it makes sense for California to turn its attention to consumer electronics.
So what qualifies as home electronics? The items of focus include personal computers, laptops, entertainment centers (flat screen televisions, game consoles, surround sound, etc). "Several popular products -- including Microsoft's Xbox, Sony's PlayStation, Nintendo's Wii, set-top boxes used with cable and satellite television sets, personal computers and monitors -- would be affected. Because the commission has not yet settled on a definition for computers, it's not clear if tablets, like the popular iPad, will be included." See whole article...
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