Should Australia Follow the Lead of California Regarding Battery Chargers?

battery chargerCalifornia is always the pace-setter for the United States when it comes to being energy efficient, and their newest law continues the trend. The new regulations will be imposed on battery chargers that are used repetitively for electronic items, such as smartphones, computers, and other devices. Essentially, the lawmakers contend that these chargers aren’t efficient enough at charging the devices, take longer to fully charge, continue to consume massive amounts of energy while not in use or once a mobile phone battery or other battery is charged, and more. Because of this, the new regulations will require that these same battery chargers are made with modifications that allow them to charge more quickly, more effectively, and don’t use as much energy when not in the process of charging. According to proponents of this new standard, the amount of electricity saved could be enough to power 350,000 homes – that’s a lot of electricity when you think of it in those terms.

Considering that Australians use many of these same electronic devices that utilize chargers that are apparently sucking up some much-needed energy, should we consider enacting the same types of laws? Those against these new regulations (namely the manufacturers of these battery chargers) say that it will cost consumers more because the new design and products will have to be available at a higher price. However, the electricity cost for usage will be lowered on a regular basis, which means that upfront cost will easily be replaced over a short amount of time. It doesn’t change anything about the availability of battery chargers for cell phones, tablets, and computers. In fact, not only does this new standard result in saving electricity, but with the requirement of a more efficient design, you will likely be able to charge mobile phone batteries and other devices more quickly, allowing more play and work time (as well as potentially lower utility bills).

The new law in California doesn’t take effect for another year, allowing time for manufacturers to restructure their chargers. In that time, will other states and countries follow suit and should they? Although time will only tell, it is possible that if one place (particularly one as large as California) requires these changes of manufacturers, the laws might not even be necessary in additional places. Instead, the companies might simply convert all their products over of their own accord. After all, the initial cost is in the new design and the new manufacturing. And if costs for consumers will rise with the new standards for battery chargers as they claim, it will essentially be more money in their pockets by voluntarily removing all battery chargers that aren’t designed to these standards.

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