WATCH: Leaving your devices permanently connected comes with a hefty cost for the planet
Your new smart TV and game consoles may not look like polluter, but according to the International Energy Agency they are.
There are 14 billion online electronic devices in use world-wide today.
According to a new report, 600 terrawatts of electricity would be saved if better energy efficiency measures were applied to online devices.
It would take 200 coal fired power plants to produce that much energy.
Making that much power results in the production of 600 million metric tons of CO2.
The wasted energy also amounts to $80 billion each year. That is expected to go up by $40 billion by 2020.
The solution is surprisingly easy – unplugging your electronics.
The report suggests devices left on “standby” are to largely to blame. While consumers think their devices are almost off, they draw as much power in this mode as when activated.