Since the release of the iPhone 5 last Friday, Apple has been hailed as the savior of a whole lot of things. The spectacular popularity of the device could save the still-flagging economy. The significant redesign, the biggest since the first iPhone was unveiled in 2007, might lead the way for the smartphones of the future. And with Apple having such a definite home run in the year after Steve Jobs’ death in 2011, the iPhone 5 has saved Cupertino from any doubts that the company couldn’t function without Jobs.
The validity of these claims is arguable at best and completely overblown at worst.
However, a recent study does reveal one notable benefit of using Apple products. Apparently, they may save environment.
It’s another reason for the iCultists to shout for joy, many of whom are also openly conservation-minded. The study, though, shows that the energy saving advantages of Apple products, particularly the iPad, are very real and may make a sizable difference to the Apple user’s power bill.
The Electric Power Research Institute conducted the research on the iPad in Knoxville, Tennesee and released their findings in June.
What will you pay annually to keep your iPad charged and working every day? A measly $1.36.
It’s getting harder and harder to find even a small coffee at that price.
The yearly $1.36 electricity price tag is based on charging the device every other day. With the iPad’s lengthy battery life, that is a reasonable assumption. The iPad uses less than 12kWh of electricity every year.
According to the Institute’s calculations, the 67 million iPads owned throughout the globe consume 590 gigawatt hours per year. They estimated that if the amount of iPads out in the market tripled over the next two years, two 250 megawatt power plants operating at 50 percent could handle the energy consumed by every iPad on the planet.
EPRI experimented with the iPhone 3G and found out that model only costs a quarter ($0.25) in electricity annually.
Comparatively, most laptops consume $8.31 per year in electricity. Just a 60-watt incandescent light bulb costs $1.61 to run a year.
The Institute was shy about flat-out saying the iPad and other Apple products are good for the environment because they leave a smaller footprint. How consumers use the products can affect their power consumption.
Even still, it seems that Apple’s devices are a step in the right direction, both for the earth and for your wallet.