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Earth Month Tip: Power down

2014 April 7

Did you know U.S. households spend approximately $100 per year to power devices not in use? That’s roughly 8 percent of household electricity costs.

Nationwide, the total electricity consumed by electronics while idle equals the annual output of 12 power plants. Powering down electronics not in use will help save you money and prevent carbon pollution.

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  1. electra permalink
    April 9, 2014

    Can you make it clear to me & others why my doing this would make a difference? I don’t see the immediate benefits in my house or neighborhood. Here’s my wish: That my company REQUIRE employees to turn off lights & appliances when they leave. That my company make it a value in the organization. That my company programs for me the internet/computer settings so that the margins on emails and documents are much narrower so that less paper is wasted. That my company visit my place of work & personally talk with employees about the value of recycling, then visually inspect each worker’s garbage can to see if they are recycling. That my city would actually enforce recycling laws in place & give fines as often as they ticket cars for parking. That my city would develop ways that thousands of cars were not displaced & milling around every day creating air pollution while the street sweepers were sweeping what the citizens are responsible for cleaning 18” from the curb. And that the curbside gleaning was not illegal & termed a derogatory “scavenging” when perfectly good pieces of furniture were taken home to be used in one’s house, thus rescuing it from a dump site. Unless we see this climate change as a crisis now, & act with urgency we will have an extremely high price to pay later. I feel doing my part alone is doesn’t seem worth it unless we all do it.

  2. Kathleen Foley permalink
    April 14, 2014

    Like it. I like your response, your spunk and your vision. As for as your employer, ask that an EMS Team be formed by caring employees. That’s a starting point, and your EMS will be tailored to your needs. Regarding too many cars and insufficient mass transit, I agree. Smaller van systems which run continual loops may work well in certain areas. What I haven’t seen write about much is the “scavenging” of household goods. Yes, we need to embrace these people for reducing the load to the landfill or incinerator. Drivable communities can set up “Junktiques” at their recycling drop-off areas, but perhaps the larger furniture items could be staged at low-income housing areas closest to those most in need. Please keep doing your part and engage those around you. The momentum will grow.

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