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Turn Off the Computer To Connect To Life

Turn Off the Computer To Connect To Life

While being green is tough in many ways, many of us fail to take even the simplest actions, such as turning off computers at night to save energy. This elegant animated video from Nigel Upchurch helps put the issue in perspective:

Turning off your computer saves energy, battery wear and tear, and money. But the action of turning off electrical devices goes deeper, to behavior and attitude.  If your world view is that resources are sitting there to be used, then turning off the lights in unused rooms or the computer at night seems like a burden, an extra step.  But by making a ritual of turning off, we can regain a sense of wonder and gratitude that we have electricity at all, and that it, like all resources, should be valued and preserved. By ‘unplugging’ each evening, we can give structure to the day, divide the plugged from the unplugged time, and appreciate the pleasure of life away from electonic devices.

This nicely-done ad from Thailand (for a phone company!) demonstrates what we’re missing by not disconnecting:

The long journey toward sustainability starts with a single step — and a flipped switch.

When to turn off your computer? Here are the facts:
http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/appliances/index.cfm/mytopic=10070

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Photo: Still from Upchurch's video

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3:34PM PST on Dec 12, 2010

What a beautiful commercial! So true it brought a lump to my throat...

4:00PM PST on Nov 11, 2010

Lovely video, good reminder!

9:53PM PDT on Nov 3, 2010

Yes I turn it off at night and have the bios preferences to wake it up at 6 am.

8:52PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

I regret when the truth is the truth. I am one of the biggest boo-gers when it comes to conservation - yet, the best of us are not always at our best. Sometimes, I chosed to perform a defrag when I could do it in the morning. When tired out of my gourd, well, I do not always think beyond the bed-pillow and comforter.

I conduct firewatch patrols and find large companies and government offices the biggest abusers. Do not worry; I am on it! The day will arrive when all hell breaks loose when I send a notice to all with cc to all. No one will think to drop the ball. They can not argue with someone who knows - and has firsthand knowledge of the truth. Corner offices with windows to match - they go one further, they instruct my fellows officers not to turn the heat down! I am always colder than normal - and even I am more than warm in these rooms. I find myself defiant sometimes...

12:41PM PDT on Oct 29, 2010

I shut off my lappy whenever I'm not going to be using it directly.

7:50PM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

...and I'm going to do that right now..

Bye, bye!

1:56PM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

I totally agree with this article, well done

7:37AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

Love those who is close to you, love your neighbors.

2:30AM PDT on Oct 27, 2010

I turn off my computer to prevent current-strike consequences.

5:11AM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

Excellent promotion!!!

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