California has become the first state in the U.S to pass energy efficiency standards for battery chargers.
The new standards, embraced by city regulators last Thursday, will take effect from February 1, 2013. According to the California Energy Commission, the move will save residents approximately $306 million per year by lowering their electricity costs.
As of now, Californians are in possession of some 170 million chargers, which account for 11 chargers per household. The move is actually a part of a three-decade long effort to make the state's home appliances and buildings more energy efficient - thus reducing pollution, and at the same time, saving money.
"The standards will reduce the wasted electricity from powering our day-to-day appliances by 40% and help California meet its strategic climate policy goals," said Robert Weisenmiller, chairman of the California Energy Commission, in a statement, as reported by Forbes.
"Once again, California is setting the standard for energy efficiency, keeping the state's dominance as the most energy efficient state per capita," he added.
The new standards will be equally applicable to industrial chargers used to power up heavy duty gear and equipment.