Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Change the World Wednesday Challenge - Let your computer sleep!

Back with another great CTWW challenge is our friend Small Footprints :

"This week, put your computer to sleep or set it to hibernate when it's not in use.

Or ...

Typically, if you're already doing the first part of the challenge, I ask you to write about it on your blog. This week, however, we're going to do something different. If you are already in the habit of putting your computer to sleep or turning it off when you're not using it, look around your home and identify one other "sneaky" area that uses electricity. Come back here and, in the comments section, tell us what it is and how you'll either eliminate it or reduce it."

So share your thoughts and ideas with us!

Where do I save energy in the house?

  • I have all my aquariums on timers so that they turn off automatically when we are not home to do so.
  • As I take my shower, I gradually reduce the hot water so that the temperature gently decreases and I use less energy heating my water tank.
  • When we have smaller stuff to cook and bake, we use the more efficient toaster oven instead of the conventionnal oven.
  • Before the computer even goes into sleep mode, we turn off the monitor because the monitor takes up even more electricity than the computer does.
Where do you save energy?


Daisy Soap Girl said...

I recycle rain water to water my outdoor plants. I compost, open the windows more instead of the air conditioner, grow some of my vegetables, walk or use my bicycle when I can. And of course I make my own soap for everything from showering to cleaning the house.

TC said...

Yanic. Thanks for participating in the challenge a posting about it.
We have dimmer switches on our main lights and keep them at low wattage. We turn off and unplug computers, screen, appliances, charges etc when not in use. We turned down the temp on our hot water heater and take 3-4 min. showers. We got rid of one car and try to drive as little as possible. We eat more local raw fresh food and cook less. These are just a few of our strategies. Thanks for stopping by Live Smart