Day 4 - Shutting Down
I'm ashamed to admit, for years of my career, I left my computer on every night and weekend. I never thought that the energy savings of shutting down were too significant, but recently I've started questioning that.
- Energy Usage for overnight, 5pm-9am, 16 hours (Given an eight hours work day) = 0.082 x 16 = 1.312 Kwh
- Energy Usage over five working day overnights = 1.312 x 5 = 6.56 Kwh
- Energy Usage over the weekend = 0.082 x 48 = 3.936 Kwh
- One working week Energy Usage = 6.56 + 3.936 Kwh = 10.496 Kwh
- Energy usage over one year = 10.497 x 52 = 545.792 Kwh
- A 19 inch widescreen monitor running on screensaver consumes about .05 Kwh energy. Using the calculations used for the Desktop CPU the annual energy usage for the Monitor = 332.8 Kwh
- Total annual energy usage for CPU + monitor = 878.59 Kwh
For reference, a 100 watt light bulb running for 1 hour will use .1 Kwh of energy. Therefore, the energy saved by shutting down your computer every night and weekend could run a 100 watt light bulb for 8786 hours, or just over 1 year continuously. Furthermore, shutting down could save you nearly $100 annually in energy bills.
So maybe the few minutes it takes to save and shut down are worth it?
My beautiful farmer friend wrote me an email with a whole lot of information relevant to my current quest for the right balance in my food choices, and the unique perspective of someone who spends every single day in the dedicated service of the animals in her care.
Spending the weekend in a place like this gave me hope that despite what humans have done to ravage the planet, incredible biodiversity still exists, and there are people who are actively safeguarding it.
I WANTED TO SCREAM. I wanted to cry. I wanted to stop every person I saw walking along the water and say "WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING?!" at the top of my lungs.
Remember that this exercise is about awareness and gradual change, not overnight perfection.
It takes 660 gallons of water just to produce enough beef to make 1 burger.
Craig Leeson's film is a soul stirring, shocking, inspiring work, which I think everyone should see.
There are many ways in which going zero waste can lead to greater financial freedom, and adjusting our food choices to be less wasteful is one of the quickest and easiest ways to save money.
In a city that is quickly becoming more and more urbanized, it was refreshing to hear how these two women are standing up for children's need to play, and re-using existing materials in order to do it.
If you're like me and don't know the difference between sleep, hibernate, and shut down modes, let me help you out. It's pretty simple.
I'm angry about this. I'm sad. I'm incredulous that the leader of the free world could be so careless with the future of the next generation.