A few days ago I was able to view some data from a recent survey conducted by Love Energy Savings and Google Consumer Survey, trying to answer just one question: Who is the biggest energy waster?
Unfortunately the insightful results do not look very favourable towards men; it looks like they have won this battle.
The majority (57.3%) of respondents claimed that they believed men to waste the most household energy compared to a smaller number (38.6%) of votes for women.
Surprisingly, only 60% of women say that men are the biggest household energy wasters. What is wrong with the remaining 40%? 😉
I think in our case (Mark and I) we are both equally guilty but we do our wasting in different ways.
Me, I keep my PC running 24/7. Do I need it? No, but on the off chance that I will have to check something quickly I like to have it on… just in case, so I don’t have to wait for it to boot up… Yes, I know, I could just use my phone or a tablet to check that urgent message but I like my PC set up with its big monitor and all the speakers spread around it…
But that’s nothing comparing to Mark…
… well he likes to have everything turned on at once and he doesn’t see anything wrong with it… main TV, laptop, Ps4… He can’t really use them all at once but they are waiting ready for him; he claims he is using them all at once as he flies from one thing to the next. To add to his waste he likes to run a floor standing side light almost 24/7. Why? I am still unsure so I am unable to answer that question…
Well, actually I have a few.
As with all old habits they are sometimes hard to change, so I have decided to help reduce the wastage in a slightly different way.
For Mark, I am getting all household lighting changed to LEDs. Oh ok, maybe not the all lighting, just the light bulbs 😉 I stumbled upon LED Planet and they are offering a great selection of LED bulbs to chose from; they are extremely energy efficient which will make Marks love for the constant light on much less of an issue.
As for me… well I am getting a new PC! I have been waiting for this moment for a very long time (about 6 years at the last count). Mark is building me a fast booting machine, which should be up and ready within seconds, so there will be no longer any need for me to keep it turned on all the time.
What’s your soft spot when it comes to energy wasting?
Share with me your wasteful energy secrets.