The figure is quite surprising...
You plug in your phone every single night – and often in the afternoon too. Come to think of it, most people have a mini-meltdown if ever their phones run out of charge, so we really do spend a lot of time powering up those little devices we rely on so much.
So how much do you reckon we spend charging our phones each year? £20? £50? £100?
In fact, it’s much less than that – it’s a measly 25 cents a year, equivalent to about 17 pence.
Forbes compiled a survey of what we typically spend on household electricity, and found that while we spend over £400 a year on heating water, and over £700 on heating our homes, the cost of charging the battery on our phone that we rely on so much pales into comparison.
‘Your iPhone battery holds a charge of 1,440 mAh, or about 5.45 watt hours,’ the article explains.
‘If you fully drain and recharge your phone every day, then over a year you would have to feed it about 2,000 watt hours, or 2 kWh.
‘At an average price of 12 cents per kWh that means that your phone uses about one quarter’s worth of electricity per year.’
Even your laptop doesn’t cost that much more, at just £5.50 – and your iPad? A measly £1.70.
At least that’s one way of feeling a little less guilty about always being switched onto technology – charging up our phone, laptop and tablet every day costs less than £10 a year, which sounds like a bargain to us considering how much we use them.
The article also helpfully adds: ‘now you’ll never feel bad about charging your phone in random outlets again’, a statement anyone who has dashed into a restaurant or shop and begged to use a plug will identify with.