Flat rates are power guzzlers
In the opinion of the International Economic Forum for Renewable Energies, IWR for short, the flat rates for surfing the Internet drive up electricity costs, because surfers are tempted to stop turning off their PCs due to the low fees, according to IWR director Norbert Allnoch.
This results in additional electricity costs of 20 DM per month for the user or an increase in total electricity consumption in Germany of over three percent. That is why Norbert Allnoch urged the computer manufacturers to manufacture the devices in such a way that power consumption is drastically reduced. According to Allnoch's calculations, if all 18 million surfers stopped turning off their PCs, an additional 15 billion kilowatt hours of electricity would be consumed annually. A total of around 490 billion kilowatt hours of electricity are consumed in Germany.