Everyday Sustainable ways I minimize energy consumption at home and in my home office.
- Extra lights. Lights in rooms no one is using.
- Audio (radio, stereo) I’m not listening to.
- The computer, when I’m done for the day.
- The LCD screen whenever I’m away from the computer.
- The TV. As quickly and as often as possible. (I should just unplug it permanently…)
- Electric toothbrush. It holds the charge for at least two weeks, so unplug in between charges.
- Kitchen appliances. Toaster, blender, rice cooker, spice/coffee grinder.
- Chargers for cellphone, iPod, batteries.
- Electric piano and amp.
- Clock radio. (OK, I confess, I don’t unplug these because of laziness about having to reset them. However, I WILL do this the next time I have an extended stay away from home.)
Things I should unplug but don’t (yet) because the plug is too hard to reach, though this is no excuse. I need to get some more power strips to unplug–or more accurately, power down–more easily … and sustainably.
- TV, DVD/VCR, Stereo (They are hidden away in a wooden hutch/cabinet.)
- Microwave (In a tight cubby in the kitchen.)
I live in an apartment building, so I don’t have access to an electrity meter where I can monitor the effects of these actions, but if I did, I would check out an energy monitor.