Come off it

EcoStreet mentions Come off it day.

The idea is that if every household saves just a few watts every day, that’s one less power station that needs to be built.

I’ve been doing a bit of research at work on energy and water saving around the home. I was a bit shocked to find out that, on average, 11.6% of a household electricity bill is used on devices in standby mode – that is TVs, microwaves, VCRs, unused (but plugged in) phone and laptop chargers.

The Australian Government is aiming to reduce standby power usage by encouraging more efficient devices, aiming for 1 watt power usage in standby mode. But in the meantime the best way to conserve energy is to unplug or turn off at the power point devices that you aren’t using.

We also worked out that changing just one 100 watt lightbulb in every house to a 15 watt compact fluro will save not only money, but would result in 1,000 tonnes less C02 emissions (CO2, or carbon dioxide, is a key driver of climate change).

Come off it day (which was two days ago, but could easily be done any day of the year) suggests two actions:

  • Replace every bulb in your house with an energy efficient one
  • Go around the house and switch off anything that you can easily do without, and try to avoid any unnecessary electricity use

Sounds good to me…