At a time when few of us are swimming in money, every little cost saving is very much appreciated. With bills tending to increase rather than decrease, energy bills are some of the most dreaded to land on our door step, and with good reason. As our lives include more and more technology, it needs an ever increasing amount of power to keep it all juiced up.

Like that shiny new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus that’s sat beside you. Even with the increased battery life that both phones laud over their older siblings, it’s likely that you’ll be charging these things every day. That sounds expensive, and expensive really isn’t a good thing.

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With that firmly in mind, the Opower blog set about measuring how much power is needed in order to take an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and fully charge it and then extrapolated the yearly cost of doing that charge every day. You’d be forgiven for reading the final result through gritted teeth and hands clenched over your eyes, but it turns out things aren’t quite as bad as they may seem.

Based on the average cost of electricity in the United States, 12.29 cents per kilowatt-hour, it will cost iPhone 6 users just $0.47 over the entire year. Those with iPhone 6 Pluses will have to pay a little extra thanks to that larger battery, with the final figure coming in at a paltry $0.52.

To put that into perspective, a desktop computer uses around 49 times more power, while a typical HD television screen requires 79 times the power to run.

iPhone 6 charging

We were certainly surprised to learn that charging an iPhone cost such little money. Maybe charging it so often isn’t quite so bad after all.

Keeping those numbers in mind, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are really economical handsets when it comes to charging costs, but, bear one thing in mind, the iPhone 6 Plus can throw out to users a lot of savings considering that you can easily get through one full day of usage, and half a day more if you’re extremely keen.

For some, these numbers mightn’t even matter to people. But still, it’s good to see Apple has taken care of this department as well.

(Source: Opower)

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