The average annual cost in electricity to operate consumer tech is about $9 a year for a laptop computer, about $24 a year for a TV, and about $3 a year for a smart speaker.
CTA routinely re-examines energy usage to inform and lead initiatives related to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. Indeed, the 2020 usage study covered products not around or prevalent for previous iterations — digital media streaming devices, smart home security cameras, robot vacuums, virtual reality headsets, and smart speakers — making an apples-to-apples comparison to earlier usage studies challenging.
Also, the use of consumer tech saves energy and reduces carbon emissions in other areas of life like home energy management and teleworking. As the country digs out from the pandemic, people have discovered new ways to receive goods and services, entertain themselves, access medical care, and stay in touch with their communities, family and friends. Time will tell which practices stay in place, but the industry will continue to innovate, empowering us to adapt to whatever lies ahead.
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