Devices that suck in wasteful levels of power to charge laptops, tablet computers, power tools, and toothbrushes are required to be 40 percent more energy efficient beginning February 2013. \u201cWe are working cooperatively with manufacturers,\u201d Adam Gottlieb, Energy Commission spokesperson, said. \u201cThere has been no push back,\u201d he said, adding it was nothing like drawing blood at an Oct. 23 Energy Commission workshop for manufacturers on standard certification. The standards are aimed at electronic devices that consume power while they are off and thus are dubbed \u201cvampires.\u201d One major out-of-state manufacturer, Schumaker Electric, reported Oct. 24, it was the \u201cfirst full-line manufacturer of battery chargers, maintainers and portable power products to list multiple categories on the California Energy Commission Appliance database.\u201d Battery charger efficiency standards for devices under 20 watts were approved by the California Energy Commission in January of this year. Also approved were tighter efficiency standards for industrial chargers, including forklifts and commercial chargers, such as bar code scanners. The latter two categories go into effect in 2014 and 2017 respectively. \u201cThe standards are going to save consumers money and energy,\u201d Gottlieb said. It\u2019s estimated that holding garlic bulbs and efficient gadgets to beat back vampire devices will save 2,187 GW hours--amounting to $300 million in pocketbook redemption for ratepayers. The Energy Commission began working on battery charger standards because their energy consumption had been \u201crapidly increasing in California,\u201d according to the agency. In related action, the Energy Commission in 2005 adopted appliance label standards geared toward electronics that also suck in far more energy than they used.