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Maybe I'm cheap but...

Maybe I'm cheap but it really bugs me to waste money.    Even at my income level, I can rationalize an excuse like "I'm a busy person.  I can afford the extra dollars I have to pay for more electricity just to avoid the hassle of thinking about it, let alone doing something about it."

The stakes have become a little higher now.  If we all continue to consume more and more energy at a time when there's global warming and an energy crisis looming, well, that's just being irresponsible.

No one has to get nutty about it.  But I just read an article in the NYTimes, and it's not new news, but for some reason it finally sunk in.

Putting Energy Hogs in the Home on a Strict Low-Power Diet http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/14/technology/14basics.html?em&ex=1182139200&en=6ef50a693438d1b1&ei=5087%0A

How much energy are your electronic products consuming? Just by powering down your items or at least putting the system into a deep sleep can save you money and save the environment carbon spewing into the atmosphere.

Here are a couple of surprising tidbits:

-In the average home, 40 percent of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Add that all up, and it equals the annual output of 17 power plants.  (Our local electric company just announced plans to construct another nuclear plant...great, no one does anything to solve the energy problem for the last 30 years and now our best fallback position is nuclear?). 

-Products that idle in what the industry calls low-power mode, or lopomo, consumed about 10 percent of total electricity in California homes. (I always thought lopomo meant like 1%, but 10% is huge.  I guess it’s just best to totally turn them off).

-Some of the larger big-screen TVs consume as much energy each year as a new refrigerator.  (There’s a reason for the frig to be operating overnight, but the TV?)

Whether or not we turn things off entirely or keep them on or do nothing...they're all just habits, habits that were developed, and habits which can change.  As with any bad habit, the question is do I care enough to change it?  Is it just harmful for me or for everyone?

It’s going to be hard for me to change my computer/electronics habits.  But now I realize it's not a victimless crime.  It’s bad enough that I have a crappy hot water heater consuming excessive wattage—that’s going to have to wait till I have money to replace it.  But this is something I can do today. 

Maybe I’ll put stickies on everything that say “OOO BABY, BABY, TURN ME OFF.” 

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Put my money where my mouth is. I'm signing off and turning off ... probably until tonight unless I can resist checking in till tomorrow. Gulp. Can I do it?
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Whaaat? I didn't realize the break was gonna be so complete hahaha. I was thinking how cool I was to have decided to turn the computer off during my all too brief sleeping time. Seriously, I had no clue it took that much energy to keep the computer connected when it's simply logged off as opposed to turned off. I'm gonna do that every nite from now on, or when I know I won't be going back on for hours. I think it's very true about consumption 'habits'. I recall seeing older family members who grew up under much more stringent circumstances or who lived thru the Depression years engage in habits I found peculiar, like saving string or putting 3 inches of water in the tub for a bath. Haha I remember begging my grandfather for a few more inches esp when it was winter & the air was cold because he kept the heat turned way down too. I liked to hang around & play in the tub & having a borderline case of hypothermia sucked all the joy out of that pastime. Great idea for a post; it made me really think about my energy habits. I'm gonna go yell at the kid now about running the a/c in his man cave when he's not there during the day & leaving the TV on way too often when he leaves the house. :)
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Jrs 8c 1405439596528
No! You must come back to AnD!!! It's like a drug, man!
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I installed the free program recommended in the NY Times article : (co2saver.snap.com). I downloaded it in like 10 seconds, and actually my computer going into "sleep" mode is working better than it was with the XP program itself. But tonight all I have to remember when I turn the lights out is to turn off my 3 power strips ... 2 for the computer, 1 for the TV/Audio stuff.
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I never turn my computer off. I'm either on it, or I'm away and I have it downloading some shows or something.
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I turned off the computer but fell asleep with the TV ON ALL NIGHT. But I still saved, according the the CO2-Saver program I installed 0.16 pounds of CO2 last night alone. That 2.6 ounces of C02 (73.71 grams). I'll be working on these bad habits. Kai - if your computer is in use all the time, then it has to be on but what about the TV?
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I never ever fall asleep with the TV on. I think the worst thing I do is forget to unplug battery chargers. Oh and I'm an A.C. freak.
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I don't completely shut down my computers because I don't like waiting for them to boot up again. Should probably start doing it, though. I'm online too much as it is.
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I'm a bit confused. First I read..."40 percent of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off.".. Then this: ("I guess it’s just best to totally turn them off"). What's the diff in turned off and totally turned off? According to the article, home electronics use a lot of energy even when they're turned off. So should they actually be unplugged to save energy?
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I think the difference is sleep mode. While the machine is PLUGGED IN then sleep mode is in gear and energy is consumed. My statement was based on something I didn't express....which obviously didn't help the reader, duh. I have power strips with circuit breaker in which my TV, Amp, Tuner, DVD Player, VCR are all plugged in. In addition to shutting the stuff off, I meant I should turn off the power strip every night. Actually, I think even a power strip pulls a few watts if not unplugged. But turning off the power strip is as far as I'm willing to go. Thanks for pointing that out Star. I'm shutting off the computer over night and it's already becoming a habit. I usually fall asleep with the TV in sleep mode and then turn on the Tuner to have the radio playing while I sleep...I know, whacky. I guess I just like noise. I'll have to switch back to my old clock radio instead---that turns off after an hour.
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Hey, thanks for dropping by...thanks I will watch out for my body parts. hehe
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I turn off my laptop off everyday...though I have been told that I shouldn't because it's bad rebooting it every day. Oh wells. I think the only electric appliance that is kept on overnight is my fridge and the telephone. We don't even keep our little water boiler thing on anymore.
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UPDATE: Since installing that computer program which puts my computer to sleep properly, I have saved 2.24 pounds of CO2 from going into the air IN ONE WEEK. And that doesn't account for when I turn the Computer entirely OFF (no accounting is done that which has to account for way more than the 2.24 pounds sleeping). It's a big savings. 116 pounds in a year. I'm motivated to be even more conscious about my electric and petroleum consuming activities.
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My mother instilled in me to turn the lights off each time I leave a room. She said it becomes a habit. She was right. :P
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Hi thanks for sharing about "lopomo" Now I have to rethink whether to keep my computer on all day or not. And of course, the hot water dispenser. Hmmm... Elizabeth
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self sustainable living.. we all need to look at ever part of the environment.. every small bit helps whether it is saving energy... being more aware of what we eat... recycling what we use..we all still like new things.. so it definately gets tough.. but there are attitudes that we need to break... and renew. did you watch inconvenient truth?
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PNut - they say there are holes in the story presented by An Inconvenient Truth. But I've seen the most important parts of that documentary verified by more scientific writings and docs. How about that graph? The ice is an historical record of nearly a hundreds thousand years. I'm not saying everything we know today is absolutely right....but we've gotta pay attention. You're right PNut. If we change our consumer habits, demand products that recycle, not waste stuff, it has to help. It can't hurt. How can you use these principles in your designs?
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Inconvenient truth was interesting.. it as a step forward in educating people a little deeper...making its mark.. no data is going to be 100% For me personally - we try to recycle the use of a product wherever we can..I am actually working on a collection that utitlises fabrics that are made from either organic...or recycled..as much as we can. Of course i love beautiful materials.. but we are trying to find that balance and using fashion to help others pay more attention to being a little more self sufficient . In addition we are working on a program that may allow us to use fashion to help empower women and child in lesser developed south asian countries...by having a program that utilizes their skills, craftsmanship and their materials and in return they receive and they can have a slightly better quality of life that helps to keep them off the streets and away from the ones that exploit them.
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your word for me are too kind but i will take in (not discredit) everything you say ;) for it will be food for my passion. thank you one love :) p.s. i hate wasting money too. i don't call that being cheap. hehe.
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Lucky for me Austin is a very green city, so there are a lot of incentives for reducing energy consumption.
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Like what SSG?
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It's a pain to power off and unplug but it's something that's fairly easy to do in the scheme of things. Being a bit of an energy miser myself, I have been doing this for awhile though I will admit I don't always unplug the things I use most. My co-workers have a tendency to not power down their computers at the end of the day and it makes me a little crazy. This is the kind of thing that people actually can do something about and if enough do, it might make a difference. I just posted a blog about what the individual can do about plastic bags. It's so easy but what will it take to get people to make an effort. I'd like to think that I'm doing my part.
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dude! you got like soooo many comments on this thing. still iffy about getting the rights on GI Joe. wish us luck :)
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that's not being cheap, that's being environmentally aware. unfortunately, some of the home appliances here in HK are so energy-wasting. such as our washer/dryer unit, it takes FOUR hours just to wash and dry one tiny load of clothes. it's horrible! i try to air dry as much as i can.
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good information! thanks!
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aw man..and i've been savin for a killer end of the world party too :(
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I try to save money and energy as much as I can. I have no money, so that part is easy... As for electricity, I guess really I'm just on the computer all the time, and I try to turn it off when I'm done with my work.
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Jrs 8c 1405439596528
Hey! I thought you did a new blog but you dug this one out of the archives! Still...I wanna someday do my own combo of wind and solar energy and just be off the grid.....that'd be awesome!
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the simple things can make such a difference I would like an eco house that was off the grid. Solar technology is improving all the time, its such a shame money is still put into nuclear plants - if all the money spent on that went into sustainable energy systems, think of the difference it would make.
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informative u are
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I think one of the big challenges will be the amount of consumption here in China (India too) as income levels grow and consumption grows with it. Instilling these kinds of habits from the start rather than trying to introduce them later on. Unfortunately, much of the electricity here is still being churned out by coal plants.
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I'm glad to see people environmentally conscious! I cringe at the sight of all the plastic bags at supermarkets and started bringing my own. =)
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