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:
Photo: Still from Upchurch's video