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Move to Paperless Homes May Also Increase Energy Use

New York Times: Pushing Paper Out the Door, by Hannah Fairfield

  • “A paperless world isn’t automatically a boon for the environment, though. While these digital toys reduce dependence on one resource, they increase it on another: energy. Some devices are always plugged in, eating electricity even when not in use, and gobbling huge amounts of power when they are. Others, like digital cameras and laptop computers, use electricity while they are recharging.”
  • Graphic of global trail of paper use
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