My 18-month-old grandson has learned a new trick. If the TV show is not one of his favorites, he toddles over to the set and pushes the power off button. He then picks up one of his favorite books and hits one of his parents with it. That is good non-verbal communication for a little guy.
If an eighteen month old can figure out the off switch, we adults should be able to find it too. For adults it is usually a matter of, if we think about it, we switch the power off.
If I put a quarter in the bank each time that I have forgotten to switch something off, I could buy a new car with the energy savings and all those quarters. At least I could make a down payment on one.
Maybe I should put a parking meter by my home computer. If I had to feed the meter every time I used the computer for half hour, I would be rich.
I like the idea of those twist the timer switches like you see on the heat lamps in motel bathrooms. If we had those on the cooling fans at work, they would time out after a half hour until someone gave them another twist.
Installing excess equipment to act when we forget costs money, at work and at home. It is better to rely on good folks doing the right thing.
Switching off the power off when it is not needed saves cash and helps the environment by saving a lump of coal at the power plant.
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