Home electronics accounted for 82 billion kWh of U.S. household electricity use in 2001. Color TVs, found in 106 million households, accounted for 33 billion kWh and were the largest single home electronics use. TV peripherals (VCRs/DVDs, cable boxes, and satellite dishes) accounted for an additional 16 billion kWh.
U.S. HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICITY REPORT
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_in_the_United_States
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.