Overcharging latest phones 'wastes money'

5 June 2009 — 9:43 AM

Charging the latest phones could waste money

Almost £40 million is being wasted by overcharging mobile phones in the UK, it has been claimed.

According to research by moneysupermarket.com, mobile phone recycling and greener materials used to make handsets are helping to make the industry eco-friendlier.

But one in eight consumers leave their mobile charging for eight hours each time they need to plug it in. However, this is more than enough time needed to charge the battery and a lot of energy therefore is being wasted.

James Parker is manager of mobiles at the company and said as well as using more power than necessary, overcharging can actually damage battery life.

Some 85,000 tonnes of CO2 are being wasted each year due to this, moneysupermarket.com stated.

"People should remember to unplug the phone charger when they are done; it will not only be good for the phone's battery life, but good for their wallet too," he added.

In related news, Sony Ericsson outlined some of its environmental targets, committing to a 20 per cent decrease in the amount of carbon dioxide emissions produced by its internal operations by 2015.

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