California Regulates Energy Use for Computers

California regulators rules on the 1st mandatory energy efficiency standards for computers were announced on Friday, Sept 9th. Computers, monitors and related gadgets account for 3% of home electric bills and 7% of California’s commercial power cost. The standards being drafted by the California Energy Commission would save as estimated $373 million per year in energy costs in California. The Natural Resources Defense Council noted that the proposed regulations would also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 700,000 tons per year. The regulations would phase in beginning in January 2019, applying first to desktop computers, which use more energy than notebooks. The regulations would increase the coast an average of $14 per computer, but result in a saving of $40 per year in reduced electric bills. Adoption of similar standards nationwide would save $2.2 billion annually in reduced energy cost.