Corded Phones vs. Cordless: Which One Do You Think Uses Less Energy?

Corded Phones vs. Cordless: Which One Do You Think Uses Less Energy?

Stephanie Kinnear
Feb 25, 2009

We haven't owned a traditional phone in years. Between Skype and our cell phones, we've felt amply outfitted in the communication department.

Recently, however — because of the awful cell reception we get in our apartment — we've been considering buying a phone. And, because it is the 21st century, we assumed we'd go cordless. But ... now we're not so sure.

According to a recent e-newsletter we received from Verde Home, corded phones might be the greener phone choice: "If you don't really need a cordless phone consider buying a standard corded model and you'll save about 28 kilowatt hours of energy per phone annually. That may not be much individually but if just 5% of US households chose one corded phone over a cordless the energy savings would be about 140 million kilowatt hours annually."

We get a lot of e-newsletters, and most of them go the way of our trash bin before we even open them. Lesson learned: You never know where you'll find a little useful nugget of info.

Their source? The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers and Thomas Kostigen

image via timailius; Flickr.com

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