THIS WEEK: DO A POWER CHECK

We turn on lights and walk out of the room. We leave our device chargers plugged in when not in use. We search a bit too long for a snack from the refrigerator. Energy consumed. We power on half-empty dishwashers and wash small loads of laundry. We watch TV or play video games for hours on end. Energy consumed. We drive to the store or wait in the drive-thru for our coffee. Energy consumed. We use a lot of energy every moment of every day of every month of every year. Energy is at our fingertips…just flip the switch or push the power button. Not so fast, it might be time for us to DO A POWER CHECK. Do we realize the true cost of our energy use? Are we truly aware of what it takes to produce electricity and its impact on our environment? What it costs to use our devices, play our video games, and watch our television shows? What about how much it costs to go about our daily routines? The financial cost may be alright for some, but the environmental cost is too high for all of us. But we can do something about it. We can turn off lights when we leave the room, unplug chargers, walk instead of drive, change our thermostats, use less plastic, simplify our closets, and the list goes on. It’s actually pretty easy to do. We just need to make the choice. Doing a power check matters.

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