Friday, 20 February 2009

Green charger hits high street

CARPHONE WAREHOUSE is about to launch an ECO CHARGER that it says "reduces the amount of energy needed to power a mobile phone more than any other on the market".

It's a bold claim but for starters this has one advantage. While other chargers continue to zap electricity from the plug if left in the socket with no phone attached, this automatically switches itself off as soon as the handset is fully juiced or unhooked.

CPW reckon this can save the UK approximately 217 million kWh of electricity per year, the equivalent to the annual energy consumption of almost 66,000 households.

If you're like me, then you'll be guilty of leaving the plug in the mains with the switch on and no mobi at the other end. We all do it, so any move to help reduce that standby-drain has to be welcomed.

Andrew Harrison, UK CEO at The Carphone Warehouse, said: "Increasingly, concern over global climate change is becoming top of everyone’s agenda, and that’s why I’m thrilled that we’re now able to offer a device that will not only will save our customers money, but help them to be energy efficient too."

Out in the chains 820 stores from March 3, it will cost £22.99. Customers can get £10 off when bought with a handset.

That's a small price to pay for saving the planet but then it'll be a lot easier to save the cash and just remember to switch off the socket and take out the charger!
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