News Summary: $1.36 to charge iPad for a year

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FILE- In this, Friday, April 20, 2012, file photo, A visitor tries out a new iPad tablet computer at an Apple store in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The annual charging cost of an iPad is just $1.36, according to the Electric Power Research Institute. The group, known as EPRI, saw Apple Inc.'s big iPad sales numbers and decided to study the tablet computer's power use to determine what effect the devices might have on the nation's electricity consumption (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)
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FILE- In this, Friday, April 20, 2012, file photo, A visitor tries out a new iPad tablet computer at an Apple store in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The annual charging cost of an iPad is just $1.36, according to the Electric Power Research Institute. The group, known as EPRI, saw Apple Inc.'s big iPad sales numbers and decided to study the tablet computer's power use to determine what effect the devices might have on the nation's electricity consumption (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin, File)

ENERGY COST: It costs $1.36 a year to charge an iPad, according to the Electric Power Research Institute, a group funded by electric utilities.

PERSPECTIVE: A 60-watt compact fluorescent bulb costs $1.61, a desktop PC adds up to $28.21 and a refrigerator runs you $65.72.

WHAT THIS MEANS: If people are using iPads instead of televisions to play video games, or ditching their desktop computers for iPads, the shift to tablets could mean lower overall power consumption.

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