Today's Daily Challenge Monday Mar. 10, 2014
Basic Access is about awareness of access to some key elements such as healthy food, health care, and a safe and satisfying place to live.
Save money by unplugging appliances that aren't in use.
How to do it
Count how many electric appliances you can find in your home that use energy even when they're off. If you live with other people, make it a game and see who can find the most! Clues are computers, clocks, LED screens, microprocessors, or power cord adapters, which often have a light. How many appliances did you find? Keep them unplugged when not in use, especially if you don't fire them up frequently.
Why it matters
Pulling out plugs can boost your bottom line and improve your financial health! Many homes have dozens of appliances that gobble energy even when they are off, which wastes your hard-earned money. Bonus: Doing this challenge is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, as well.
When Bill Murray first threw his digital alarm clock in a scene in "Groundhog Day," it didn't look quite battered enough. The film crew smashed it further for the next take.
- Susan K.BlossomingLevel 147
“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.”
― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
I consider myself quite thrifty in the use of natural resources. I did unplug my coffee maker on the way out of the house today. I will flip off the circuit breaker for the heating system when I get home this afternoon. I don’t expect any morning so chilly that a sweater won’t sufficiently handle.
“It is thrifty to prepare today for wants of tomorrow.”
Eve B. Day 4 of our Pact. I am in an organizing mood today, so sorting and organizing my sewing supplies is on the agenda. I have some mending and hemming that are quickly becoming a priority too!
- Erik C.BlossomingLevel 223
Hurrah, we do this already, after hearing a news report a few years ago that said the same thing!
There are a few more electronics that we could do this to, although we haven't yet sorted out the correct surge protector setup (the plugs in question being behind furniture, and the sofa obstacle course is one exercise I'd get tired of really quickly).
- Pam S.LeafingLevel 243
I am not very good at doing this. There are things I just prefer to keep plugged in unless I am going away for a week or more. I know it is wasteful, but I am good about turning off lights, only using the washer and dryer for full loads, turn the temp down on the hot water heater, keep my heat set at 60, etc. So, I'm not going to worry about this.