Study: Costs of charging your iPhone 5 for a year

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Even though the iPhone 5 have in the market for less than a month (heck it’s not even available here and in the Philippines) Opower have been busy crunching number to tell us the cost of charging your iPhone 5 for a whole year.

The study was conducted by Opower — a provider of customer engagement solutions for the utility industry. According to them if you’re living in the U.S. and using an iPhone 5, you just need to pay $0.41 a year to charge the iPhone 5, which is equal to 3.5 kilowatt hours per year, much lower than charging your iPad or Samsung Galaxy S III for the same time span.

If you need to pay $0.41 a year for the iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S III owners will need to pay $0.53 a year or 4.9 kilowatt hours per year — because of that large battery that Galaxy S III uses.

Opower also said even though the number of smartphone users are expected rise, the total energy consumption may decrease because smartphones to do things that they have historically done on traditional devices like computers, televisions, and gaming consoles; and they (smartphones) use much less energy than the larger devices (e.g. computers, TV, game consoles) that they are displacing.

So if you’re a Meralco customer; you need to shell-out Php 19.25 for an iPhone 5 and Php 26.95 for Samsung Galaxy S III. That’s using the current rate for October 2012 which is P5.50 per kWh.

So in short the more you use a smartphone for other things like surfing the web, accessing your Facebook, tweeting, playing games or watching video the more you reduce your power consumption, since they replaces those old and power hod devices where you used to do all those other things. Not a bad reason to buy yourself a new iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S3 huh?

To know more about Opower’s study, you can click here.

Source: Gizmodo | Opower

Last modified: October 14, 2012

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