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Energy Vampires

Ordering green printing is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment while improving your eco-friendly marketing image. But there are many things you can do, both as a company and as an individual or family, to shrink your carbon footprint. We will use this forum to pass along tips from time to time on ways to make your daily life a little “greener.”

One area that many people are unaware of is what we call “energy vampires.” These are little electronic devices that draw small amounts of electricity even when they are turned “off.” Examples include Televisions, VCR’s, microwaves, stereos, computers and computer monitors. While you may (understandably) like the convenience of having a clock on your microwave, all of these little energy-suckers add up to make a noticeable impact on your electric bill, and work to increase your carbon footprint. To make it more convenient to turn these items all the way off, install a power strip and use the off switch on it to turn off multiple appliances at once.

At the office, the often rather large number of computer monitors make them an easy target for lowering your energy consumption. Powering down your computer at night rather than letting it go to sleep will not only reduce the electric bill, but will lengthen the life of the equipment as well. However, even when the computer is turned off, the monitor just goes to sleep. While sleeping, monitors continue to use electricity. Simply turning them off when not in use can save a significant amount of power. Turning off other small appliances, such as adding machines, can help too. All the little things add up!

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2 Responses to “Energy Vampires”

  1. eco-chick Says:

    So true! It’s amazing how much energy you can save by turning down your thermostat at night or when you are away, too. Now that propane has reached $3 per gallon, every single degree costs a surprising amount of money! You can use a space heater in the room you are in to make yourself comfortable while keeping your house temperature a few degrees lower. This will lower your energy bills considerably! Thanks for a great blog!

  2. sweetap Says:

    I recently read that leaving a cell phone charger plugged in while not actually charging a phone is yet another “energy vampire.” I’m with eco-chick…”thanks for a great blog!”

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