Why do I not support Earth Hour? Simple – because I believe that we should be conscious of the Earth on a daily basis.
I’m not surprised if the Earth Hour was taken for granted by people who think they need to FEEL GOOD, easing their conscience by not using the electricity for 1 hour.
Doing Our Part
Here’s what you can do when it comes to your computing habits.
Change Your Monitor
A typical 17″ CRT monitor consumes about 80w of power based on Saving Electricity while a 17″ LCD monitor consumes less than half.
Why not? After all LCDs are already cheap nowadays and after all they’re already on the shelf so you might as well do yourself and the earth a favor to lighting the power consumption load. It generates less heat too, and have eye-hurting refresh rate like CRT monitors.
Instead of disposing your old monitor, you can turn it into a mini table or something – be creative!
Turn Off When Not In Use
Even if you did change your monitor to LCD, that doesn’t give you a license to have it ON all the time. Look at the power consumption of LCD monitors.
I always make it a point to OFF my monitor when not in use. For my notebooks and netbooks, I’ll set the power usage to turn the monitor off after an idle time. If I’m going to be away for it for a long time, I’ll just power it down.
Buy Energy Efficient Computers
Maybe it’s time to upgrade your computer.
Most computers today are not only consuming less energy, they have energy management that adjusts the processing power to consume less power when idle. For example Intel’s EIST.
As technology advances, the most power-draining components such as the processor and graphic cards are consuming less power while delivering same or better performance.
Instead of disposing your old computer, turn it into some furniture – be creative! If you do buy a new computer, take note of the next point!
Energy Efficient Power Supply
Every little bit helps, if possible, make sure your power supply unit is also energy efficient.
Check out the details at the 80 Plus Program‘s website for more details. You’ll notice newer range of power supplies are very likely to have the 80plus logo on it, indicating some form of power efficiency.
What a power supply does is that it acquires power form the socket to power up your component. So if you’re using 300w of power. A 70% efficiency power supply would acquire 428w from the socket while an 80% power supply would drain only 375w from the socket.
Use Your Computer In The Dark
If your eyes are fine with it and don’t require any reading from anywhere else except from the monitor, why not?
I’m writing this article in the dark and I often do my work and play games in the dark as well. 😀 It’s no different from being at the cinema where lights are turned off for your viewing pleasure.
Earth Hour? Earth Day?
Abstaining from electricity usage for 1 hour in a year isn’t any good if people don’t keep it in their mind.
Just do what I’ve listed above, and practice the similar habits (eg turning off when not in use) for every other electrical appliances and whatever else, learn not to waste, try not to drive around more than you need to, so on so forth. 🙂 Abstaining from usage of electricity alone is just a small part of the big picture.
In fact, I’d didn’t realize Earth Hour had passed as I was at the gym. 😀 A good way to kill many hours to save electricity usage is to meet up with friends and have a good time just catching up. That’s where power consumption is shared and less people per wattage consumed.
There’s no point in turning off the lights (or any other thing) for one hour and forget about it after that. 🙂 You’ll do a lot more even by saving earlier each night and waking up an hour later each day.
Stop asking HOW you can participate in Earth Hour – it’s pointless. Start asking yourself HOW do you improve your daily routine to make it Earth friendly.