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Switch it OFF and keep going ON

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

Want to make an impact in the simplest way possible? UN-plug and you will do the best favour to you, your beloved and your planet without any effort, also saving money!

Do you know that when you remove your phone from the charger, but you leave the charger plugged in, it is still using energy???

Do you know that laptops and some other appliances even if switched off, are still consuming energy when plugged ???

Practically among electrical appliances, such a laptop, energy is continued to be consumed even if:

👉🏻 the device has reached 100% of the charge, and remains plugged in

👉🏻 the device is in sleep mode, and is plugged in

👉🏻 the device is not connected to the charger, but the charger remains in the socket

Remember that some appliances such us TV or stereos, especially the old generation ones, keeps using energy even if the device is switched off but plugged - meaning, it is not in use.

For us to be cool, there are many simple steps in our everyday life we can not miss:

☝🏻 Unplug devices that are not in use, are seldom used, or don’t require any charging such as cellphone chargers, speakers, modems, kitchen appliances, space heaters, fans,....

✌🏻 Use a power bar strip with independent on/off outlet switches, make it easy to access, and use it to turn off multiple outlets that are not in use.

🤟🏻 At the end of each workday, unplug personal computers and all related accessories e.g., monitors, speakers, printer, scanner, etc.

"It's simple....just remove the charger when your phone or laptop is charged!! 🙌 You can save a lot of energy, avoiding emission!” Then, do the same for other electrical devices!"

What is plug load?

Plug load refers to the continuous energy consumed by electronic devices and equipment that are plugged into an outlet, no matter if they are turned off or unconnected to a gadget.

Plug loads are one of the fastest growing sources of energy use in households, offices and commercial buildings today.

Use case: our beloved mobile phone

👉🏻 Even if the energy absorbed is relatively low, a mobile phone charger left in the socket continue to consume energy: therefore if the charger remains plugged into the socket 24 hours a day, it consumes over a year an amount of energy equal to 80% of the energy required to only charge the phone (e.g., 2hrs/day).

👉🏻 Once the battery of the phone is fully charged (100%), if not unplugged, 60% of the energy needed to normally charge it are still consumed (and ruins the battery).

"Basically by keeping the charger plugged or overcharging a device, you use energy, almost as you were still charging your phone😕”

Use case: numbers for a notebook 👇🏻

For laptops the logic is the same, but the energy consumption is of course higher.

👉🏻If the charger remains plugged into the socket 24 hours a day, it consumes over a year an amount of energy equal to 70% of the energy required to only charge the laptop (e.g., 3hrs/day).

👉🏻 When kept in sleep mode, with the battery fully charged (100%), if not unplugged, it consumes up to 1/3 of the energy needed during the charging period!

"It's simple....just switch your devices off and always, if possible, try to plug them off 🙌 ”

Imagine also the money you do not loose💸💸💸....we may speak of an average of 10-20% of your average bill that you could save every month!

By doing all these simples steps you will also significantly reduce your electric bill!!💰💰💰

What else can I do at work.

Some data, of plug load in offices

The unnecessary energy consumed by the average staff’s desktop equipment turned off but left plugged in to an outlet can be significant.

A computer tower, two LCD monitors, computer speakers, and a phone charger consume energy just by being plugged in and not turned on.

👉🏻 Considering non-working hours in a year, electricity consumed by one person equipment not in use is approximately 48.9 kWh. The electricity required to light a 2.5 hour match in a stadium.

Also remember...never leave the equipment in stand by mode or sleep mode, it is still using 30 to 50% of the energy needed when it is on.

Anything else I can do?

Of course yes, but we want to make it simple for you. For now just start with this, you can already do a great impact, to yourself and the planet.

We will provide more insights soon..stay tuned 🙌

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