Apple’s iPad Energy Consumption Rate Study Sheds Light on Future Energy Consumption Strategies

Apple iPad owners, listen. Here is the average electricity consumption rate of your precious slates.

As per the recent study conducted by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the iPad will cost owners $1.36 a year. Well, this rate is on the assumption that the user fully charge it every other day.

The figure implies that iPads consume 12 kWh of electricity each year. Well, that is in fact a small amount.

The research institute also applied this figure in calculating the average energy used by the iPads across the world.

As per their assumptions, there are now 67 million iPads. Their derivations show that a total of 590 gigawatt hours of energy is used.

This is the current status. It is estimated that the number of iPads will triple in the next two years. So there would be an obvious increase in the power consumption.

EPRI states that the energy required to power the devices would equal two 250-megawatt power plants operating at 50 percent utilization.

EPRI’s study points out the fact the despite the power consumption of the tablet, more people is using the device for various purposes like gaming, video consumption, and web browsing.

This in turn effectively reduces the power load of higher-consuming products. Mark McGranaghan, vice president of power delivery and utilization at EPRI opined that now the concern is about how the shifting reliance from desktop to laptop to mobile devices will change energy use and electricity requirements.

Well, what do you think? Will switching to slates be of any help?

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