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When it comes to saving energy and money, every little bit counts. Does your morning routine involve unplugging your phone charger, electric razor, hair dryer, or toaster oven before leaving for work? Probably not. But unplugging items that are not in use could save up to 10% on your electricity bill.

While some items in your home need to stay plugged in, such as your refrigerator, others like a fully charged laptop computer or toaster may not. We all consistently leave things like our ceiling fans on using an estimated $5.48 worth of electricity per month, that’s $65 we’re losing a year! Try using an energy calculator to look at how much energy your appliances and electronics may use and unplug them when not in use to save money.

Remembering to unplug items at home can be difficult, but the environmental and financial costs are worth taking steps to remember. All of us can do more. If we all unplug our cell phone chargers and tv’s when not in use, imagine what we could do!

Need a reminder? Do what I do, set an alarm on your cell phone for when you wake up to unplug your charger at the same time. Or try leaving a sticky note near your outlet. It really helps! Also, putting electronics on a power strip that can be turned off with a switch creates an easy way to reduce your power use, save money, and curb your carbon footprint.

Send us your tips, tricks, and successes along with a picture for a chance to be featured in our social media. Sign up for the #30DayCarbonChallenge today! Share the challenge with your friends, family, and neighbors to help us keep Boston beautiful and sustainable.


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