Quick—no cheating. How many lights are on in your house? Forget the ceiling, think lower, say eye-level or thereabouts. Can you believe this list?
- Nightlight in the bathroom
- Nightlight in the kitchen
- Clock on the stove
- Clock on the microwave
- Digital Clock radio and alarm in bedroom
- TV black box
- DVD player
- Stereo (light on whether in use or not)
- Cordless Dirt Devil in the laundry-room (at the ready when required)
- Printer (always on)
- PC Woofer (always on)
- Modem (on most of the day)
- PC Tower (on most of the day)
- PC Monitor (on most of the day)
- Cordless phone home base (always)
Some time ago, I heard talk one might save on hydro if TVs and PCs and their supporting hardware are unplugged when not in use. When might that be?
I see only three items in my list which are not in use all day long. I might be tempted to unplug them, but I need to know the payoff to me first. Would I remember to disconnect on a regular basis? Supposedly, most electronics now have a snooze mode when not in use (in limbo during coffee break), but I’m not sure what that does exactly. No-one explains when you buy all the new-fangled electronics how much energy you are saving when they are in sleep mode.
Recently, a full page in the newspaper advertised it’s possible to save 20% off your hydro bill. Call us and we’ll show you how. What’s the big secret? Why not include the tips in the same ad?
When I started this post, my intention wasn’t to talk about hydro savings. I wanted to count how many current electronic necessities in our lives are always ON: with tiny red, green or yellow beacons. Why do I need tiny lights, I’m not working in the dark.
- Even when I shut off my PC, why don’t the monitor, woofer/ speaker and printer shut off too? They’re all plugged into the same power bar and CPU. Aren’t they?
- When my stereo (which I never use anymore) is off, a red light stays on anyway. Always.
- Since my DVD player and black box are connected to my TV, why do I need to manually power down each separately after the television is off?
See what I mean? Why do we need all these little lights when B is connected to A as is C etc.? Seems to me there must be a better way, especially IF by shutting them all off means $$ in your pocket: one button, one switch.
Excluding my TV, DVD, and radio, almost all the above are in use from morning until night—at my house—I know at yours too, right?
I want to confirm there is more to me than my interest in Flash and Bog Hops and commenting on blogs. I worry about life, the price of eggs and hydro. I volunteer, take classes and look after my grandkids. Sometimes, I even participate in social activities (at least a couple of times a year–when I find time). I’m a go-go-go grandma. My days vanish in a flash.
With all these machines to lighten the load, do work faster, and have more time on my hands, I find I have less. I’m retired to heavens sakes!
And life costs more.
And I am technically challenged but I do have bright ideas.
And I’m always scrambling to find time to read!