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.
- Roz D.PlantingLevel 277
for the few cents you save in power by doing this it is truly not worth it. I turn off the obvious ones that are easy to reach... being realistic why on earth would you want to leave them running anyway... but if I have to bend or scrabble around it is not going to happen. The physio bills would be higher than the miniscule amount of power.
- Sally O.LeafingLevel 242
Up to a point... but unplugging some things means a lot of time wasted in resetting the menu when I need to use them. And honestly... standby rates are minuscule. I know every bit counts, but I often wonder what's the point of me switching off the microwave at the pp when large office blocks remain lit up all night. Let's stop THAT.
Gloria T. replied March 10, 2014 at 1:58 UTC:
I agree, stop that first!!
- Jack D.Flourishing
Makes little difference been stand alone power it only costs if the diesel gen is running but 80% solar / wind so mostly not worth thinking about
- Lorraine B.LeafingLevel 66
I am very conscious od energy use and try to unplug appliances when not in use. I also installed a small solar system and excess energy which it produces during the day is sold back to the grid but I only receive 8 c where I pay about 37c for energy I use from the grid so I try and run appliances when the energy comes from the solar so I wash after 10a.m. and the dishwasher goes on during the day. Most of my computer time is during the day also.
Day 5, we made it Sharon, thank you for your company this week.
A big thank you to M.O. for the lovely encouragement today.
Increased my walk slightly this morning but still finding it very painfel after 3 km. Will make another appointment with doctor to see if anything else can be suggested. I need my flu vaccine anyway.
Off to Bridge to play a real game. Hope I remember at least the basics and don't make too many mistakes.
- Karen B.LeafingLevel 145
One of the things that irk me are all the appliances that have clocks as part of their features. If unplugged or the power goes out and then comes back on, they all start blinking 12:00 until I either unplug them again or reset the time. It also makes it very inconvenient to unplug things like the coffee maker or the microwave. The clock on my stove is the only one I need, as I also use it as a timer when I am cooking/baking.