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Smartphones: A New Model for Energy Efficiency?

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Categories: Environmental   |   Science   |   Technology  
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The way smartphones made many devices nonessential is a model for a new way to think about improving energy efficiency.

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To learn more, start your googling with these keywords:
Dematerialization - using less (or no) material to deliver the same service
Energy conservation - using less energy by adjusting behavior (turning down your heat)
Energy efficiency - using less energy by using technology that requires less energy to perform the same function (insulating your house to keep warm while using less energy)
Energy intensity - energy consumption per unit of GDP (reduced by increasing energy efficiency)
Energy services - the useful functions you're able to perform by using energy (what we refer to as function)
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