Margaret Unplugged The Little Things Can Add Up to Make a Big Difference
All of the little things we do can add up to make a big difference. For instance, last year while I was washing dishes, I heard one of the newscasters on Good Morning America say that we should unplug our chargers from the outlet when they are not in use. They use energy even when they are not charging anything. A few weeks later, while I was flipping through the channels after the nightly news, I heard Oprah say the same thing. I got out of bed and walked around the house to find six different chargers plugged into outlets and not charging anything. I unplugged them all and went to sleep. The next day, as I made my coffee, I saw the unplugged phone charger on the kitchen counter. I told my twelve-year old what I had learned and she decided to put hot pink un-plug me stickers on all of the chargers to remind the entire family.
I went to work and told most of my co-workers that sit near me the story of the hot pink stickers. As I told the story, I saw two of my co-workers reach down and unplug their phone chargers. Over the past few months, Ive made more changes to make it easier and more convenient to disconnect the chargers from the outlet.
I put a basket near an outlet in the entry hall for all of the chargers and I added a four outlet extension. Now we all charge our phones in the same place overnight and then unplug the cord from the wall in the morning. There is also the added benefit of not searching the house for phones as we hurry to leave for school or work because they are always fully charged and in the basket.
We also plugged all of the computer related electric cords into a surge protector and put it on top of the desk for easy access. When we aren’t using them; the computer, the monitor, the speakers, the printer and the router are all off with one flick of the surge protectors on off switch.
So, heres hoping that after reading this I’ve raised your level of consciousness about your chargers and electronic devices unnecessarily using energy and money to the point that you change your behavior and unplug them and spread the word!
Featured Blogger Margaret Morrey is a Senior Communications Consultant at Allstate Life Insurance Company.