This is a no-brainer: unplug all power cords, including phone chargers, when not in use. Even if your phone isn’t connected, the charger will continue draining power if it’s plugged in.
2. THINK ALTERNATIVE
Speaking of charging your mobile, don’t just rely on wall outlets. Try solar chargers that will juice up your phone while you catch some rays. Or rely on brute force, with a hand-crank charger – you can save electricity and get some exercise!
3. SHOP WISELY
Do your research. When buying anything that uses electricity, look out for the familiar ENERGY STAR® sticker. It is an indication that the device meets specific international standards for energy efficiency.
Buying a new PC can actually be an environmentally smart move. Newer PCs are generally better designed and more energy efficient than older models. (This is, sadly, not true for mobiles, as more people switch from regular handsets to smartphones – the latter consume more energy with shorter battery lives.)
But don’t throw out your old PC or any electronics! No matter how dusty or damaged, old gadgets should never end up in landfills (electronic components may contain eco-unfriendly materials). If it still works, donate it to charity. If not, find a local recycling programme specialising in electronics.
Start saving electricity and money right now – with the added bonus of doing your bit for the environment!
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