52 Weeks, 52 Challenges: Week 7

Waves Of Change, For Our Oceans

For 52 weeks, we will be introducing a new challenge to better the environment each week. A new goal will be set forth to add on to the previous weeks goal and after one year, you will have 52 lifestyle changes that will better the environment.

Everyone starts a new year with a resolution. But at Sea Voice News, we want everyone’s year to be much bigger than one resolution. Picture this as a snowball rolling down a mountain. At the top, it’s one small singular snowball. But as it starts rolling down the mountain, it adds more and more snow till it becomes massive. Week 1 is the top of the mountain and week 52 is the bottom. By the time we all reach week 52, our snowball will be one big change in the way we live our lives. It will be a real change to fighting the negative impact humans have on the environment.

Each week, our new goal will give us a chance to make a significant impact on the environment while not having to change our lifestyles too much. The reality of our society is that it does not take a lot to make an impact. This challenge will give you the opportunity to set weekly goals and continue to build on the them throughout the year.

So without further ado, introducing the goal for week 7….

Cut Out Phantom Energy

Phantom energy is the electricity drawn from outlets when equipment is off but still plugged in. Many types of electronics and office equipment, including computers, stereos and printers, continue to draw electricity when they’re plugged in and off.  Phantom energy can add up to a significant amount as it can account for 15% or more of the total electricity used by these gadgets.

Saving energy is pivotal in the fight against climate change. To generate electricity, most power plants burn coal, crude oil or other fossil fuels. Although this method of creating energy is relatively inexpensive, our planet pays the price – carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are just a few of the byproducts that come from traditional methods of power generation.

The best way to avoid this wasted energy is by unplugging these electronics when they’re not in use. Many people don’t unplug as it becomes a hassle involved to plug and unplug items, sometimes in difficult areas.

We recommend using power strips and hooking multiple items into them, so one can just flick one switch and turn everything off at once. Even better, put the power strips in easy-to-reach locations, such as on top of your desk.

Keep in mind, some electronics stay plugged in all the time and may only get used a couple hours a week or less. So even if the phantom energy draw is small, it can add up to a significant part of your home or business’s electricity usage.

To see the phantom energy draw of equipment that you may have in your workplace, here’s a list of the average watts per hour used by various office electronics when they’re turned off.

Treadmill – 5.6 watts

Fax machine – 5.2 watts

Printer – 4.3 watts

Compact stereo – 4.3 watts

Tool charger – 4.2 watts

Battery charger – 2.6 watts

TV, CRT (26 – 31 inches) – 1.3 watts

Desktop computer – 2.4 watts

Modem – 1.5 watts

Scanner – 1.5 watts

Monitor – 1.2 watts

Laptop computers – 0.7 watts

DVD player – 0.4 watts

Such a simple step can go a long way in making difference to our world and conserving electricity. Go through your home and office to see if you can start making any immediate changes today!

Check out weeks 1-6 below:

Week 1: Go Straw Free!

Week 2: Pick Up One Piece Of Trash Per Day!

Week 3: Stop Using Single Use Coffee Cups

Week 4: Replace Plastic Bags With Reusable

Week 5: Reduce Your Food Waste!

Week 6: Buy Fresh Produce without plastic

Comment below and let us know the change you will be making!

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