Energy Diet

Unplugged

Tonight we audited our household consumption and have realized, to our delight, that for some time, we have already been regularly following many of the suggested energy diet tips and feel like we are off to a good start.

After scoring ourselves on the challenge, we can now visualize where our stengths lie (Water Conservation), but also where we could be doing more (Waste Disposal & Reduction). Overall, we observed and are happy that we scored well below the national average, while realizing there are always more ways to do better.

The challenge now is how to further reduce our daily energy use and get our kids to pitch in. There are a few areas where we have developed our own creative (and economical) solutions, such as instead of installing low flow toilets, we strictly follow the mantra “If it’s yellow, let it mellow;” and where it is mentioned to regulate beef and seafood consumption, well, we just don’t ever consume seafood and might buy 500g (1 pound) of grain-fed beef a dozen times annually.

Over the next eight weeks, we have committed ourselves to make efforts to regularly unplug electronic devices, especially things like BlackBerry chargers, nightlights and laptops, which we always seem to forget about. But we also think it’s important to spread this awareness and get others on board or to affect the same changes in other places where we spend a lot of time, in our case, the workplace and at grandma’s house.

Comments

  1. Christina Nunez
    May 31, 2011, 10:31 pm

    Hi Kory — curious, what stats did you come up with?

  2. Chad Lipton
    June 10, 2011, 11:15 am

    Good effort to unplug when you can. I’ll throw in an idea you might be interested in by the sound of your post. There is an interesting product called a smart strip. https://www.chooserenewables.com/xcart/product.php?productid=16227&cat=268&page=1

    You would plug the TV into the blue outlet. Use the red outlet for modem, routers and anything that should not shut off when the TV is off. Use the white outlets for any supplemental audio or video appliances around the TV, such as a DVD player or video game station. Whatever is plugged into the blue outlet (TV) controls the white outlets. When the TV is turned off, the white outlets shut off and no longer consume electricity. Note that you only save electricity on what is plugged into the white outlets. There is an on/off switch that you can use at night or when leaving home for several days.

    I am assuming this will work fine in Canada as well.

  3. Karoline
    October 14, 2011, 3:16 pm

    Hey very good post this is something that we have to keep that in mind.

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