Vampire Power and other enviro issues
I’m sure this concept is neither new nor earth-shattering news-wise, but I’d never really heard it summed up before. So essentially, when we’re talking vampire power we’re talking all the bits of electricity our gadgets use while not being used. For example, in order for your t.v. to turn on with a remote, some power is always being used for the sensor. Or the clock on your stove or microwave is always on.
At first the amounts seem small – what’s a kW here and there, right? Well, according to the estimate I heard a host of electronics most people have – t.v., microwave, clock, stove – chews up about $5 worth of electricity annually. In my book that’s a beer. Not a huge savings, but a savings nonetheless.
Of course when I got home I thought about all the gadgets I have that are sucking my power and here’s the list I came up with – 3 digital clocks, electric shaver, cable modem, router, wireless router, t.v., dvd player, receiver, microwave, stove, desktop compy and laptop (which I leave on), and a plug-in air freshener.
So, what is someone who wants to be eco-friendly (and cost conscious) do? Why, turn them off, of course. The biggies are leaving your computers on, especially the laptop. There is no reason, other than sheer laziness and impatience, for me to keep both my computers up while I sleep or am at work. I bet I can wait the extra minute it takes to start-up. I’ll also be unplugging that silly air-freshener, shaver, and extra clock in our spare room. And, when I’m headed away for a weekend I’ll take the 10 seconds to flip off a couple powerstrips that control most other stuff.
There, I saved the planet. Or at least a few bucks.
In other enviro news, a story I wanted to post a while back on China banning plastic bags. This has been another one of my “enviro small steps” I’ve been trying to take – bring cloth bags for shopping all the time. I’m having mixed success, due mainly to my absentmindedness.
But at least I’ve stopped clubbing baby seals on a daily basis!