The Task: To put our stereo, internet, and router on a power bar with a switch so that we can just turn it off at the end of the day or when we are not home!
The Why: Our hope is that by finding many little ways to reduce our electricity usage we will eventually see a small decrease in our overall consumption and our electric bill.
But it's also the principle of the matter. Why are we drawing energy for 8 hours at night for things that aren't being used? And why do we use energy to run a wireless internet even when we are away from the house for the entire day?
There are extra benefits to this simple switch too. The surge protector will protect our electronics in a power outage, which is especially convincing for us because our stereo is down to only one speaker after a recent momentary power outage blew the right speaker and left it smoking and emitting a putrid burnt rubber smell!
The Verdict: Flicking the switch takes about two seconds. It was easy enough to do while locking the doors and turning out the lights on our way to bed last night. And even if we never see any decrease in our electricity bill (I'm not holding my breath for that, this is a very small change!) it is a step towards being more intentional about the resources we use, which is a big part of what this year of less is all about.
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