Though it is difficult to calculate an average figure for the amount of time we spend in our homes, for the majority of us in the developed world, it is the place where we consume the most, not only in terms of the creation and maintenance of our homes, but in our daily use of energy and services.
We hear much about reducing our carbon footprint, but what else can be done to reduce our comsumption?
Relatively simple gestures multiplied by the number of users, become massive savings of resources, often with a parallel reduction in pollution.
Take the typical inoffensive hard drive on the average PC; true many these are now solid state, but the typical spinning drive uses between 12 and 21 watts if you calculate power supply inefficiencies.
This is just the hard drive… the average normal use is about 120Watts; however in sleep mode the figure is reduced to 8 watts. Activating sleep mode on a computer is not hard to do, and the technology today is reliable. Most computers are only actually used for 20% of the time they are left running and it is estimated that 50% of all of them are left on 24/7.
In 2012 54.5 million personal computers were in use in the UK. If only these were put into sleep mode when not in use, 2.4 megawatts of electricity generation capacity would be saved.
Ecolotec is not selling computers or sleep mode applications, but this illustration which is probably underquoted, serves to illustrate how small attentions to detail can have a large impact on human use of resources.
Other important economies can be achieved by equally simple gestures … turning off unneeded lighting, reducing water consumption and selective recycling for example.
Represented on this site are some of the items we think best help to achieve a reduction of human impact on the planet through the use of simple technology in the home.