This is one of the simplest and easiest ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money. Get into the habit of hitting the switch when the work day is finished, or install a smart switch and set it for automated lights out at the end of the day. The energy used to power your lights most likely comes from a greenhouse gas emitting source such as coal, oil, natural gas, so do it right with no more light!
Sleep, Standby, or Off?
“Compared with a computer that is on 24/7, one that is on 4 hours a day and then turned off will save you about $70 a year ($5.83 per month) and will reduce carbon emissions by 83%”, According to a recent study in Time magazine. For many people work revolves around the computer. Setting computers to energy saving modes during the day and shutting them down at night can make a extraordinary difference for air quality and climate change, especially when you consider how many billions of computers exist worldwide. If it’s a desktop, get into the habit of shutting it down at the end of the day not putting it in ‘sleep’ or ‘standby’ mode, because these modes continues to draw energy. If you are dealing with a laptop, disconnect the charger from the computer or unplug the charger from the wall. Simply turning off a laptop won’t cut the energy flow.
All of the energy used to power Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs is converted into light, unlike standard incandescent bulbs which use a tremendous amount of energy to…heat up. This is why CFL’s reduce energy usage and carbon dioxide emissions by about 75% and last about 10 times as long as standard bulbs. Over the course of its life, one bulb will save between $24 and $59 on your energy bill. How many bulbs do you have in your home? These energy savers contain a little mercury (4-5 mg) so it is important that they are recycled. If they are thrown away, they will end up in the landfill where the mercury can severely harm soil and groundwater. Click here to find out where CFL’s can be recycled near you.
Just use a power strip.
Electronics continue to suck energy when turned ‘off’ to maintain functions like timers, clocks, memory, sleep, and remote ‘on’ and ‘off’ switches. These electronics, often referred to as vampire electronics, include TV systems, DVD players, computers, audio systems, clock radios, garage door openers, phone answering machines, microwave ovens, and standard ovens. The simplest, easiest, and most efficient solution to this sneaky vampire electronics problem is to buy a power strip with an on and off switch, but remember to switch them off when the electronics are not in use! These power strips cost $9.99 at Ace Hardware and usually have about six outlets so many of your electronics can be attached.