By Becky Striepe on May 30, 2012
Hotels waste a ton of electricity on empty rooms. Just think about it, right? Every empty room in every hotel is running air conditioning or heat and probably has at least a TV in standby mode, if not a cable box, alarm clock, and other small appliances. Hotels waste from 30 to 50 percent of their electricity just on empty rooms either between stays or while guests are out and about for the day. But what if there were an easy way to completely cut the power to a room when it was empty?
By Allison Leahy on April 19, 2011
If you’re keen on cubes, you may want to consider shutting off your automatic ice machine and reverting to the good ol’ tray method. A recent study has revealed that ice machines gobble up 20% of the electricity used by refrigerator/freezers.
By Becky Striepe on March 19, 2010
Even after we unplug our phones and other small electronics, the charger still takes a bit of power from the wall as long as it’s plugged in. The phenomenon is called vampire power, and it’s responsible for billions of dollars per year in wasted energy. In fact, if we cut out vampire power all together, we could save enough energy to shut down 26 coal-fired plants. For smaller devices, AT&T is close to releasing a solution for fighting that energy suck.
By Becky Striepe on February 19, 2010
There are all manner of fancy gadgets out there to help folks reduce their vampire power consumption, but the simplest solution for plug-in chargers is to just unplug them from the wall — but even that can be a bit of a pain.
By Beth Buczynski on February 17, 2010
With the ability to create online gaming experiences shared by thousands of people at once, and graphics that make you think you’re watching a live action movie, it’s important to question just what kind of an impact these video game systems are having on your carbon footprint.