Sustainability is a big topic but many people do not fully understand what sustainability really means to everyday life, and while there are hundreds of different definitions out there the most simple is the capacity to endure. And while this definition sounds vague and not at all helpful it really can be when it comes to your electronic usage.
So let’s get down to it, if you are anything like me, a tech savvy college student that likes anything that is shiny new and techy, your electronic foot print is rather large. And while I know I’m not like every college student we can all agree that 90 percent of you have at least one computer, a cell phone of some type and a portable music player. A smaller but sill large percent of college student will also have a TV, microwave, fridge and printer. And then a smaller percentage, like me, have all the above plus another computer, a large sound system, a second fridge, that second iPod you just had to have and maybe even a tablet. And while all of these items are common everyday items for us today, they take their toll on the electricity we pull from the grid. So now the question is, what can you do to keep all of your fun electronic toys and reduce your monthly energy bill? Well here are 3 quick money saving tips you can lessen your impact on the electrical grid and help your electronics to last a few more years.
1. Turning your computer to off or hibernate when not in use. This sounds simple but can save you some green over the course of a year. If you don’t keep your computer stay on 24-7 you can reduce your electrical use by 420 Kilowatt-hours each year by using the power saving feature and put your computer on hibernate for 12 of those hours. 420 kilowatt-hours is enough energy to run a standard CFL light-bulb for two years or about $18 a year. And if you used more advanced features of the computers power saving options the savings would be even higher.
2. Don’t just turn off, unplug appliances. Most of today’s appliances are what we call “electricity vampires” because even if they are turned off there are still using some electricity. Appliances such as coffee makers, microwaves and cell phone chargers are all “electricity vampires” and can save you some money if you just unplug them when not in use. The calculated national average for cost due to vampire electronics in the US per year is about $35.
3. When replacing old, out dated or broken electronics spend the little extra money to get an appliance that is “Energy Star” certified or similar certification. The cost may seem painful at the time but by the end of the appliances life you will have saved much more than you spent at the time of purchase.
So there it is, three quick and easy tips that can help you save some green and in turn be more green. While I know that being green is just one aspect of sustainability it is one that you can in act right away. So do your part to reduce your electricity footprint.