AT&T is about to help you become a bit more green friendly by introducing a new phone charger that will turn itself off when you don’t need it.
Most people don’t realize that when you leave a recharged plugged in to the wall socket, even if you do not have anything plugged into it, it is drawing power. So whenever you unhook your cell phone when you leave home, but you leave the charger plugged in for convenience, you are still drawing power the entire time. It is estimated that Americans waste around $12 billion a year in electrical bills in this way according to a study by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Cell phone carrier AT&T has decided to do something about this by releasing a new phone charger known as the “Zero Charger.” This new smart charger will cut off any electrical draw when it detects that there is no phone attached to it, completely eliminating what is known as “vampire draw.”
Because this device is essentially just a USB adapter, it should work with a wide range of phones as you will simply plug your USB cable into it, so it should work phones and devices that aren’t even carried by AT&T. Just think about your iPods, cell phones, mobile gaming devices … you start to realize just how much power you may be wasting in your every day life to keep all of your devices juiced.
There is no word on how much this charger will cost as of yet, but I am definitely keep my eye on it. Release is slated for May.