CEA Research: Consumer Electronics Are More Energy Efficient than Ever

Recent study reports in-home tech devices use smaller percentage of energy than a few years ago

Arlington, VA, May 7, 2015 - The following statement is attributed to Douglas Johnson, vice president, technology policy, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), in response to a recent report on the energy consumption of always-on, inactive devices:


"The small amount of electricity used by some always-on, inactive devices in order to stay connected actually helps save larger amounts of energy consumption. This technology enables current and future demand response, home energy management systems, and benefits such as instant notification and constant monitoring. In short, ‘the trees' of this issue are important, but we need to comprehend the entire forest.

"We also need to recognize that consumer electronics (CE) are among the most energy efficient products in U.S. homes today. Recent CEA research shows that even though we have more CE in our homes than ever, those devices accounted for just 12 percent of residential electricity in 2013—a nine percent drop since 2010. And a new CEA-commissioned study shows the use of CE devices for telecommuting and some e-commerce activities is lowering our country's energy use and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

"From a consumer's perspective, the cost to power CE devices is very low and getting lower. Our research shows the average electricity usage for a desktop computer in the U.S. is just 43 cents a week—a little more than $22 for an entire year. Also, the total annual electricity consumption of televisions in the U.S. dropped 23 percent from 2010—electricity for a single TV on average costs roughly $20 for an entire year. And our report says the total annual electricity cost for a set-top box is less than $16.

"Energy efficiency through organized policies and initiatives has long been a focus of the CE industry. We've collaborated with the ENERGY STAR program for more than two decades, and our recent and broader efforts to improve the energy efficiency of set-top boxes saved consumers $168 million in just the first year of a novel voluntary agreement. CE devices are becoming more efficient all the time—evolving at the lightning-fast speed of innovation."

Through CEA's website GreenerGadgets.org, consumers can reduce their electricity consumption via a tool to calculate approximate home energy usage and find numerous tips to help reduce their energy costs. For more information on the CE industry's energy efficiency efforts, visit CE.org/Energy.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $286 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at www.CE.org, www.DeclareInnovation.com and through social media: CEA Social Media

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