The AP reports today that it turns out that the iPad is a particularly “green” device when it comes to energy consumption. As the AP notes, if you’re drinking a coffee while looking at your iPad, the coffee will actually have cost more to buy than the electricity that has powered your iPad so that you can play games, watch videos, read news, and so on, for a whole year. This cost figure comes from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), which says that it costs just $1.36 to charge an iPad for one year. That’s in comparison to a 60-watt compact fluorescent bulb, which costs $1.61 to charge for a year, a desktop PC, which costs $28.21, and a fridge, which costs $65.72. The EPRI, a non-profit research and development group which takes its funding from electric utilities, according to the AP, says that it investigated the iPad’s power consumption in a bid to find out what sort of effect tablets and similar devices might be having on electricity use.
The AP points out that if more people are using iPads instead of desktop computers, this could lead to lower overall power consumption.
Source: It costs just $1.36 to charge an iPad for a year - Yahoo! Finance