Although I said recently I didn’t believe in tagging people with memes, I’m taking that back in aid of a good cause. And the chance to start my own meme.
Earlier, I gave a list of things on my desk that are plugged in. And earlier in the week, I was looking at signing up with a green electricity supplier that just happens to have an affinity programme with the Lib Dems.
Good-Energy mention on their website that mobile phone chargers that are left plugged in are using electricity even when you’re not charging your phone. We’ve all known for some time that it’s better to unplug your telly overnight than leave it on stand-by for the same reason: appliances using power they don’t need to. Saving power is saving yourself money in leccy bills and prevents some unneccessary carbon dioxide from being released.
So here’s my meme: what’s plugged in on your desk? What doesn’t need to be on all the time? Blog your answers, and then tell me you’re now switching things off if you weren’t before.
What’s on my desk:
13 things that need plugging in on my desk
- Old PC which still has some files on it I use occasionally
- Mobile charger
And splitting that up into what does need to be on all the time:
- PC (at least when I’ve left it busy downloading)
- Router (for the other computers in the house and the downloading)
and what can safely be turned off when I’m not actively at my desk:
- Monitor — can be off even if PC still on
- Old PC — only needs to be on when I’m actually using it
- Laptop — doesn’t need to be permanently on charge
- Mobile charger
I’m going to achieve this by switching the second list appliances to a separate, switchable plug-board. And I’m going to turn that off at night.
Oh, and this is a meme! Make your friends do it too!