We are all well-meaning and want to ‘do the right’ thing and not overload a massive footprint onto our planet Earth. But, there are innumerable unknowns when it comes to our daily impact.
Do you know how much energy is consumed to get that new bottle of mineral water to your you? Or what it takes to keep your phone buzzing? There’s an almost invisible grid of energy being weaved each day, by each one of us. We’re all culprits of energy consumption. Though, with minimal effort, we can definitely reduce our carbon footprint.
A few things you may not know about the ‘costs’ of hidden energy.
YOUR BOTTLED WATER –
We all depend on bottled water during outdoor travels. We consider it safe. But how much energy is used to quench our thirst, is a question we fail to ask ourselves? This same bottled water has had a long travel history full of energy use. Our bottled water habit has a huge environmental impact—think about how much energy it takes to make the plastic bottles, fill them and ship them all over the country and across the world.
What can we do? Get ourselves awesome, re-usable bottles, fill it with tap water (filtered if need be) and drink.
YOUR PHONE –
What takes up more energy annually—your Phone or your fridge?
Well, if you happen to own an Energy Star medium-sized fridge, the answer should be the phone. A medium-sized star rated refrigerator will use about 322 kW-h a year; the average iPhone uses about 361 kW-h a year once the wireless connections, data usages and battery charging are tallied up. To think about it, all we do with our phones is stay connected!
What can we do? Once the phone is charged, unplug it. Close apps that aren’t being used, and turn the phone completely off when not in use.
YOUR LAPTOP –
Did you know a typical desktop computer uses about 65 to 250 watts? That’s just the computer itself, add another 20-40 watts for an LCD monitor. And that isn’t sufficient, is it? Most of us have related auxiliary devices. For example, a cable modem uses 7 watts, a D-Link DI-604 router uses 4.5 watts and speakers.
What can we do? To conserve some energy, using a laptop is a better bet. Most laptop computers use about 15-60 watts, which is far lesser than desktops. And, when devices are in sleep mode, they use even less. The best way to reduce your use is to unplug devices when they aren’t in use.
As knowledgeable citizens, we can modify our behaviors to reduce our energy use. These are small initiatives towards establishing a sustainable relationship with our one and only home, planet Earth.