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.
- Jim S.GrowingLevel 158
I unplugged my coffee maker in December for two reasons: 1) I only use it on weekends (on weekdays, I make tea at work for my morning dose of caffeine) and 2), when I make coffee in the winter time, I take hot water off the top of the wood burning stove and pour that directly into the coffee basket, then I let that drain into the carafe. I feel a little like a barrister or is that a barista?
- Ed D.Flourishing
It is a great day....
i have done the research on unplugging appliances and the numbers are not even worth considering.... we are talking maybe $10 per YEAR. Here are some of the BASIC numbers you need to understand to evaluate this concept. Most electric power costs about $0.10-0.15 per KILOWATT HOUR (KWH). Most appliances use less than ONE watt when not in use. One KWH is 1000 watts used in ONE hour. Leaving that ONE watt plugged in will take 41 plus DAYS to use 1kwh. That is TEN to FIFTEEN CENTS. That is the UP side. The down side is that every time you unplug, you open and close micro switches in that appliance, especially on the computer circuit board. That wears out the contacts on that board on the microscopic level. I know this is a bit technical but try to follow me on this and you will understand it better. Every circuit has a designed lifespan (i.e. number of on/off cycles). If that appliance has cost you $500 and has 100,000 designed cycles, every time you plug it in or unplug it costs you about half a penny. That may not seen like much but if you only use that device once a week then it will cost you about $0.05 per month to unplug it each time. The energy you will save will save you $0.015 per month. You do the math.... This does not take into account the depletion of the computer back-up battery that is on many computer boards.
To put this into the bigger picture of our monthly or annual budget, we waste more than this almost daily.
This Life's Conversation -
"There is a world within—a world of thought and feeling and power;of light and life and beauty; and, although invisible, its forces are mighty." Charles Hannel
- Maureen R.BranchingLevel 288
Happy Marvelous Monday
I will go through the house today to see how many appliances I can unplug, starting with my phone charger.
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35) NIV
Are you feeling disconnected from God? Do you feel a void in your life? Maybe it's time you take some time out intentionally to spend time with God. Eliminate yourself from any interruptions and seek God in prayer. We should have private time with God even if we aren't feeling separated from Him in order to focus on God.
Peace and Blessings
Have a great day all.
- Tina V.Flourishing
This is one thing I don't do...I never unplug my coffee maker, toaster, etc. in the kitchen. I guess this is something to work on.
Happy Monday everyone!!! It is going to be another wonderful day here temperature wise. In the 40's!! Celebrate! But reality sets back in on Wednesday and we go back to the 30's. I'll take it though...nothing but positive numbers!!
- Carmen D.BranchingLevel 65
My kitchen is small enough i cant leave anything sitting out. This challenge is an easy one for me.
The weather here is trying to warm up again. Had a cold front move through so a warm one is now coming through.
Kids are on Spring break in my area. They are hard enough to keep busy on the weekends im really gonna have to see what i can come up with for them to do.
Everyone have a blessed day.
Linda B. replied March 10, 2014 at 12:22 UTC:
Have a good week.
- Linda P.SproutingLevel 307
I am really bad about this one. I will take a walk around my appt. today and unplug things. Maybe I can start being better about it! We are supposed to have a lovely day today. Nearly 60 and sunshine. I am so ready for the day!! day 3 Ruth, hump day. How did we get here so fast? Here's wishing each of you a day rich with love and laughter, joy and peace!!