I received an email asking me to save money on my electric bill Saturday evening. Maybe you got one that reads like this:
The Climate Savers Computing Initiative would like to invite you to "click on, then click off" during the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour event on Sat., March 29.
During Earth Hour, participants in cities around the world will turn off their lights for one hour between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time. Individuals can sign up to participate and make a commitment to reducing energy consumption in the year ahead at EarthHour.org.
During Earth Hour, the Climate Savers Computing Initiative is also encouraging individuals to "click on" computer power management features, then "click off" (power down) their computers for the remainder of the hour.
With a few mouse clicks, your computer can be set to automatically go to "sleep" when it's not in use, which can save nearly half a ton of CO2 and over $60 a year in energy costs.
To learn how to turn on computer power management, visit www.climatesaverscomputing.org/tools/pwr_mgmt.html.
I want you to know that I did not write those super long sentences above. I ran out of energy just reading them.
I don’t spend $60 a year in power for my little computer, but maybe some folks do. It would take me 20,000 hours of use on my laptop to spend $60 at my home electric rate. I can’t save what I don’t spend.
It would take over 3,330 hours on my big office computer to cost $60 at 12 cents a kilowatt-hour.
They must assume that everyone has a big old monitor and normally leave their computer on 24 hours a day. Maybe they should change their ways and shut theirs off with a kill switch on a power strip.
Saturday night, for Earth Hour at our house, we will pollute the air by burning candles and by having a fire in the fireplace. Maybe my wife will beat me playing gin rummy. She always wins since I taught her how to play.
We could drive out to the movie theater, but that would be a waste of gasoline and time. I’ll bet the movie projector uses more power than my lights and computer combined.
With our budget perhaps a free DVD from the local library for the TV set and some home made popcorn would be in keeping with the spirit of the event.
What are you going to do for the Earth Hour Event?
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