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If we're going to replace coal-fired power with renewables, let's think about how much of it actually gets used.
So how did you go with getting rid of all those vampire power suckers over the last month? I did pretty well, I think.
No-one goes out to buy a new TV and thinks "Gee, I'd really like a TV that has a great picture, is affordable, and sucks power even when I'm not using it". We want the best value for money, so making sure there aren't any inefficient products out there is a good start.
Given that switching off power at the wall can save us money as well as help the environment, it's a pretty good habit to get into. But learning new good habits can take a little while, and making them part of an existing habit is one of the easiest ways to start.
So how are we all doing with this challenge? How often are you remembering to switch off at the wall?
Don't look now, but there's a vampire in your house! It's sucking away, draining your electricity.
I'm looking into ways I could make switching off at the wall easier on myself, and therefore more likely to keep the habit up.
If you're trying to reduce your personal carbon footprint, getting rid of that standby drain will cut up to 10% of your electricity-related emissions.