I received on a listserve I am part of at the university. There are great tips listed here that I am glad to see Laura and I have been practicing for years. Not only do you help contribute to reducing the effects of global warming, but you save money. Taking care of the environment makes economic sense.
Please unplug all plugs from outlets while you are gone for the holidays. Save energy while you’re gone!
Nationally Phantom loads make up about 6% of our entire residential electricity consumption! A decrease of 1% of industrial energy use would save the equivalent of about 5.5 million barrels of oil per year, worth about $1 billion. (UC Berkeley)
Unplugging your electronics when not in use, or using a power strip to shut them down, can eliminate as much as 500 pounds of greenhouse gases each year and trim your electric bill, and that’s just for one power strip! (Seattle Power and Light) =============================================================
CHECKLIST FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION WHEN YOU’RE GONE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
TURN OFF AND UNPLUG:
- Surge protectors
- Printers and photocopies
- Office Equipment
- Stereos, lamps
- Space Heaters
- Micro-waves/coffee pots, rechargeable items unplugged
- Thermostats set back to 55 degrees
- Hallway lighting kept to minimum
- Windows tightly closed and locked
- Blinds drawn/closed
- Lighting and computer monitors and cpu’s off when unoccupied
- Personal refrigerators emptied, cleaned, shut off and left open
Have a safe and pleasant holiday!
THANKS FOR PULLING THE PLUG ON GLOBAL WARMING!