Eternally Green: Energy Savings in the Home
As our society becomes more complex, we find ourselves increasingly surrounded by energy consuming devices. We know that these can consume a lot of energy if we leave them on, but did you know they can keep consuming power even when they are off?
This type of power, known as “standby” or “vampire” power, consumes between 5-10% of the average home’s electric use. Luckily, cutting standby power is quite easy, and can save hundreds per year.
The simplest way to save energy is to simply unplug devices when they are not being used. Razors, blow dryers and curling irons can be unplugged to prevent them from needlessly leaching power when you are out of the house. A surge protector is not only the best way to protect your electronics; a surge protector will also control the flow of vampire power with the flick of a switch. Some surge protectors even automatically control the flow of vampire power.
For PCs, turn off your monitor when you leave your desk for more than twenty minutes and your CPU when you will be gone more than two hours.When purchasing new electronics, search for devices that say they are Energy Star qualified. Energy Star certified TVs use 30% less electricity than older televisions. The energy star label in stores indicates how much money you can save by purchasing energy efficient appliances.
Access to open space has been central to Mount Auburn since 1831. It is even more important today as we live in a more urbanized and digital environment. The green movement is about more than simply a clean environment; it is about a healthy, simple lifestyle for all. A walk outside, in a park-like setting such as Mount Auburn stimulates Vitamin D production and releases pleasant endorphins. Why pay for artificial bliss when natural happiness is free? Unplugging is as useful to us as it is to nature.