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.
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Do you enjoy finding ways to save energy?
Did you know that by saving energy, you are making a positive impact to your health?
You may think it sounds pretty silly when you read, "Unplugging your phone charger when it's not in use is beneficial to your health," but it's true.
Many, if not all of your household appliances, use electricity while the item is not in use. Yes, even when your TV and coffee pot are turned off, are still using a small amount of electricity.
It’s estimated that 30-40% of the electricity your home appliances use, is actually used while the item is turned off. Examples include your cell phone charger, TV, VCR, DVD, cable box, computer, printer, etc. This usage is referred to by some as the 'phantom usage' or 'vampire devices.'
Your cell phone charger may only use 1 kilowatt when it's not charging your phone. But if you charge it for 7 hours, which leaves 17 hours or 17 kilowatts wasted. How much is this costing you? Multiply that by 365 days a year. Although electricity rates greatly vary from place to place, if you even figure at just 10 cents per kilowatt, that is $1.70 per day. Now you may think that is pocket change, but that translates to $11.90 per week and $620.50 per year. Now, multiply that by how many cell phone owners and chargers you have in your home...and it rapidly adds up.
Ok, ok…I know you’re asking “So how does the phantom electricity usage have an impact on my health?” Well, wouldn't you say that a $600 savings would reduce your financial stress?
By reducing electricity usage, you can also make a positive impact on our ecosystem.
How you ask? Well, a lot of our electricity is created by burning fossil fuels, i.e. coal, gas and oil. It's a snowball effect...and a pretty BIG snowball.
According to the EPA, roughly 86% of the world's energy consumption comes from burning fossil fuels, This greatly contributes to the creation and buildup of greenhouse gases, which in turn, causes a reduction in our ozone layer and warmer temperatures. A reduction in the ozone layer threatens marine ecosystem, our plant system and, your health.
What is the ozone layer? It is the main barrier between you and the dangerous ultraviolet radiation from the sun that streams toward our planet every single day. It's a form of oxygen that is capable of picking and choosing what it allows that can and can't come through from the sun. As it burns, it gets thinner and thinner and that allows more dangerous rays and gasses to pass through.
With millions of cells phones on our planet, think how many cell phone chargers are currently plugged in, but not charging a phone. Are you beginning to see how putting a stop to unnecessary electricity use can be beneficial to your health? Think how much power we could save if we all just unplugged unused phone chargers.
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Good idea. I don't know why I don't do this. I always did it when we had our vacation home in Florida. I guess I looked at it as more a safety thing not an energy thing. I can think of 3 things I will unplug today. My luck when I go to use them I will wonder why they aren't working. Lol!
Have a great Monday everyone!!
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Today's challenge: Unplug appliances not in use!
I appreciate the logic behind this challenge, but otherwise find this challenge impractical!
Good work Jan V.!
We did pretty well on our pact! Nice points! Hope you enjoy your day!
Thank-you very much for encouragement today Lynn R., Buck E., Melanie F., and Latifah S.