How are those New Year’s resolutions holding up the as middle of January arrives? Or perhaps you’re still looking for a resolution? In a comment to this blog, Jami sets out her plan for 2008: She’s going to take the time to both unplug and unwind. She resolves "Every time I use some electronic device, I will unplug it after I use it—the TV, hair dryer, microwave, lamps, etc… Those 2 seconds of extra time means a better environment and a lower bill. On that same note, I’m going to unplug from being over busy. When I’m bored or have free time, instead of wasting my energy and the environment’s to watch TV or get in the car to go shopping, I’m going to go on a walk, spend time with my family, do something creative, and exercise my brain—instead of my wallet." This sounds like some good advice we could all start practicing.
According to the US Department of Energy, "75% of the energy used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off." And you may save $10 a month on your electricity bill by unplugging appliances not in use. Need any more reasons to get started?