Daily Challenge Monday Mar. 10, 2014

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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.

Everyday Well-Being

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.

Fun fact

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.

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  • Ana D. Ana D.
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    I just keep forgetting and my husband is the one that keeps unplugging everything. Good advice.

    March 18, 2014 at 3:27 UTC
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  • Gracia B. Gracia B.
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    i find it hard to unplug the cell phones chargers. I will pay more attention.

    March 17, 2014 at 23:59 UTC
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  • Jeanette N. Jeanette N.
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    Always.

    March 17, 2014 at 22:20 UTC via Mobile Web
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  • Michael K. Michael K.
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    Have them all on one main switch to turn off. Don't like to have to reset them.

    March 17, 2014 at 21:49 UTC
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  • Millie H. Millie H.
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    Found four that I need to start unplugging. thanks for this reminder. I try to always conserve on electricity, but have found it hard to this winter.

    March 17, 2014 at 16:14 UTC
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  • Miranda E. Miranda E.
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    My partner and I went into every room just before bedtime, and looked at all the little red lights that we usually leave on. We switched them all off. It felt good and I hope that it helps the planet, just a little, as well as our pockets.

    March 16, 2014 at 18:29 UTC
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  • Marie L. Marie L.
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    all around the house

    March 16, 2014 at 16:33 UTC
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  • Lori H. Lori H.
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    Try to do this always, especially with phone chargers!

    March 16, 2014 at 5:39 UTC
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  • Dorothy N. Dorothy N.
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    very aware of this since we went to Balanced Payment plans for our gas and electric companies :)

    They reassess every so often and we can't afford "bill creep"...

    March 16, 2014 at 0:50 UTC
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  • Lindsay N. Lindsay N.
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    Always!

    March 15, 2014 at 21:38 UTC
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