turn it off

i just walked through the house to see if there is any electricity-sucking widget, gadget, or doodah that doesn’t need to be turned on.

says bc hydro: “on wednesday, may 16, 2007, british columbians are encouraged to turn off and unplug all unnecessary lights, fixtures, appliances and vehicles.” so i did.

the worst is the family computer in the living room, the one used by our 10-year-old and assorted guests. it often sits idle.

well, actually, my laptop might be the worst. i hardly ever turn it off, rarely for longer than a minute. i rarely even put it on energy saving mode.

so i went around the house to check, turned off the family computer, a light in the kitchen, turned the fridge down a notch, and i promise i will turn off my laptop tonight! i also changed the power settings on my laptop to something more energy-friendly. and we’ll see what we can do for keeping energy consumption as low as possible tonight.

what else could we turn off and unplug? what else is a useless energy drain?

turn off

unplug

ah, yes, that feels good. a serene feeling in body and mind. no guilt about harming the environment. pleasant relationships. no more crazy buzzing around.

mmmmhhhh … enjoy …

(thanks to verve coaching and organic researcher for including this post in their blogs)

9 thoughts on “turn it off

  1. Emi Nakajima

    This photo and message were great. Just what I needed today. Yes, I’m trying to unplug and disconnect certain things inside me, so I have the energy to confront the issues I need to work on. Also, CFL lightbulbs if you don’t have them already are a great way to save energy. And a laptop in sleep mode (or a desktop PC) uses almost no energy. The big energy hogs in any home are the refrigerator and washer/dryer. Just my $0.02 about conservation.

  2. Emi Nakajima

    This photo and message were great. Just what I needed today. Yes, I’m trying to unplug and disconnect certain things inside me, so I have the energy to confront the issues I need to work on. Also, CFL lightbulbs if you don’t have them already are a great way to save energy. And a laptop in sleep mode (or a desktop PC) uses almost no energy. The big energy hogs in any home are the refrigerator and washer/dryer. Just my $0.02 about conservation.

  3. Mindi

    but… but I LIKE my Starbuck’s umbilical cord!

    Just a note about the florescent lightbulbs. Yes they are a good energy saver, and yes we will (Canadians) all be using them by 2012 or something or other- but bear in mind that they contain mercury. So be sure to dispose of them properly when they do eventually burn out (which, by the way, you currently have to pay someone to come pick them up so that they can be properly disposed of)

  4. Mindi

    but… but I LIKE my Starbuck’s umbilical cord!

    Just a note about the florescent lightbulbs. Yes they are a good energy saver, and yes we will (Canadians) all be using them by 2012 or something or other- but bear in mind that they contain mercury. So be sure to dispose of them properly when they do eventually burn out (which, by the way, you currently have to pay someone to come pick them up so that they can be properly disposed of)

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