TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER!

Jun 14, 2007 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

The Department of Energy estimates that 40 percent of electricity used by the average home comes from appliances that are turned off!

That includes appliances that are idle, such as your computer or laptop that is in standby mode or just not turned off completely, appliances like microwaves that have clocks on all the time and even electronics that are turned completely off but are still plugged in, such as DVD and CD players, TIVO, etc.

Check out http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/14/technology/14basics.html?em&ex=1181966400&en=3e1939192b5f2028&ei=5087%0A this article by Larry Magid, who recorded all of his appliances’ electricity drain.

So the point of all this is to turn things off completely, unplug your electronics and turn off powerstrips that aren’t in use. Powerstrips constantly suck energy, no matter if the electronics attached are turned off or if nothing is attached at all. And turn off your computer at night – not standby or idle, but off. No one cares that your away message says sleeping; if you’re not online at 3 am people can probably guess what you’re doing.

Need more incentive than helping the environment and not being a selfish hog? By the end of the year you’ll save a big chunk of money, too.

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