It’s been a little while since my last save energy with one simple step post, and I thought it was time to resurrect it, so lo and behold, here is tip number 13 for you:
Tip 13 – Clock Off
Vampire power is quite a dramatic term for the energy that appliances and electrical goods use when they are plugged in but on stand-by. Most people get that leaving the TV or TV box on stand-by is a drain on energy but forget about the less obvious energy consumers, like their microwave.
I’ve written before that microwaves are great energy saving devices: and briefly mentioned how we need to remember to switch them off at the wall when you’re done, but I thought it would be good to expand on this today. I used to work in an office where the digital clock on the microwave was always on, yet there was a wall clock directly above the microwave, making the clock on the microwave completely redundant. I don’t think this is an uncommon situation: the Daily Green say “it its estimated that a typical microwave is on for 70 hours a year, but draws power for more than 100 times as long, to keep the clock and electronic controls powered“. One blogger found that in fact his microwave clock was consuming 25-30% of the power of the heating element of his microwave.
It’s quite a staggering amount of energy that could be saved with one simple flick of the switch – they don’t come much easier than that!