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Microwave Oven Clocks Causing Global Warming
According to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, all those electronic
appliances you have around your home - supposedly on standby - are running
up your energy bill more than you might expect. VCRs and DVDs typically
draw 93% of their active power while "inactive." Answering machines
and cordless phones consume 98% of their active power when not being
used. Garage door openers and microwave ovens are even bigger energy
users during off times, as calculated from the very small duty cycle
of such appliances. LBNL estimates that about 6% of the typical residential
electricity bill is to pay for items not being used.