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 M.BlossomingLevel 274
I try to unplug most things which are not in constant use and switch off others all the time. Electric bills seem to escalate on a daily basis. Every penny counts. As they say in the UK " Take care of the pennies & the pounds will take care of themselves".
Wishing you all a marvellous week.
- Wendy P.PlantingLevel 102
I'm aware of this but often it would involve crawling under beds and behind furniture. Maybe I could get some brownie points with the solar panels and the special shower heads. And there are all the things we have to do before it's OK to turn on the air conditioner. I tell my husband I'm claustrophobic and having curtains drawn in the daytime is bad for me, but he doesn't take a lot of notice. He's from North Queensland where there is lots of sun, I grew up in Melbourne's inner city where most of the small narrow windows faced the house next door.
- Nick W.SproutingLevel 81
Just had the house rewiredto add more sockets in more convenient places and since then we haven't really plugged anything back in... Typical! Also replaced as many halogen bulbs with LED ones too which has been a really good investment, especially with fuel costs going up all the time in the UK
- Gaynor E.LeafingLevel 316
It's more about saving the environment's resources than it is about saving money, and I am bad at both of these things. The ActewAGL person came to the door twice last week offering to change any light globes in the house with the more energy efficient type, and he also had a device which plugs into the television/dvd power point and allows it all to turn to standby (or something better than it does now). On both the occasions that this man knocked at the door, I was rushing out to an appointment! So I made arrangements to phone and ask them to come back sometime this week.