Thursday, 5 August 2010

Adessi 10:10 - Turning Off Plugs

One of the simplest ways to start cutting your energy use is one that many of us forget about – turning off plugs. Although at Adessi, we’re all very good at making sure our computers are turned off before we leave the office, it’s important to turn off the plugs too. Even when items are switched off they can still use energy known as ‘phantom usage’, and although most appliances don’t use a lot of energy when they are turned off, when all the computers, telephones, printers etc. are combined it can add up to a lot of wasted energy and money!

Being the last to leave the office Beth was given the important task of turning off all the plugs at Adessi Leeds.

Here she is doing a great job:

Doing some research on this ‘phantom usage’ it turns out that a computer can use 15 watts every hour when it’s turned off but still plugged in. Although that doesn’t sound like a lot, over a year that’s a lot of energy and therefore a lot of carbon emissions. This simple measure will surely be helping Adessi cut our emissions by 10% within the next 12 months, and we hope our clients will follow us in our dedication to the 10:10 campaign.

As well as saving energy, we will be able to save somewhere in the region of £600-£800.

For more information about ‘phantom usage’ see the Electricity Bill website and you can find out more about the 10:10 campaign here.

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