As more and more gadgets are hailed as “must-own” items and sale numbers of these items grows, electricity usage is growing too. It’s now estimated that electricity use – through the sales boom of such items as electric toothbrushes and cordless phones – is set to double by the year 2011. That’s in just five years time.
The Energy Saving Trust, who predict this figure, are now calling for gadgets to carry warning labels, cigarette-style, detailing the amount of power each product uses in a hope that consumers will buy less electronic goods or at least more energy-efficient models. Imagine that for a minute. It can be difficult enough to chose a new mp3 player from the options already available, throw a few more values into the mix and you can just colour us confused… Then again, the eco-warrior in me thinks this is a great idea. You can never have to many numbers on a cordless phone box anyway.