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Tiny Modems and Routers Can Be Big Energy Hogs (Op-Ed)

 You can get a powerful 14-inch laptop that uses a lot less energy than a machine built a few years ago — it has longer battery life and an even brighter display. But your high-speed modem and router — those little blinking boxes that you use to stream video, get email and zap a document to your wireless printer — could be eating up as much energy as your TV, and twice as much as your laptop.

What a waste.

At NRDC, we've worked with industry and government to help make home electronics more energy efficient, saving money for consumers and reducing carbon pollution from power plants. While the effort has made progress cutting energy waste from televisions, computers, gaming systems and power supplies, until now, no one had looked at the energy use of devices like modems and routers.

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