Linked by David Adams on Mon 26th Oct 2009 19:32 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems The "wall wart" is one of humanity's worst inventions (not counting all of the inventions that are actually intended to kill and maim each other, I'll admit). AC-plug power supplies are a cheap workaround to various engineering, economic, and regulatory problems that manufacturers face, and they solve those problems by pushing them off onto end users. So what can we do about it? OSNews takes a look at an ingenious workaround to the Wall Wart problem, and some hopeful trends that might make them a thing of the past.
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But it would be nice if you would elucidate the rest of us on exactly how you manage a two-person household on 250 KWh/month. It would be appreciated, and potentially beneficial.

I'll chip in here. I use about 80 kWh per month in my apartment (staying alone). My strategy is to be conscious of power-guzzlers and only switch things on as I need them. My wireless router and fridge stay on round-the-clock. I switch on the TV, laptop and 1-2 lights for a few hours each day. Water heating on when I shower, washing machine once a week. I'm living in Singapore but my apartment is cool enough to be comfortable with a fan. Heating of course is never needed.

I could switch off the router during the day, but that involves climbing under my desk.

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