Posted by: spaghettipie | October 22, 2007

Stewardship Living Idea #1: Unplug

Here are a couple ideas related to unplugging. The good news is these are things you can do to help save energy and require no investment. They are free!

1) Unplug appliances and cords while they are not in use. It’s convenient to leave your toaster, coffee pot, cell phone charger and cordless tools plugged in, but it really doesn’t take much time to plug them back in when you need them. While those chargers only draw about a watt per day, if you add that up over time (and across the nation!), it would result in a significant waste of energy.

2) Use power strips to switch off your tv, stereo, home theater equipment, etc when you’re not using them. The “standby” consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously.

3) Take a day and unplug from technology. We live in a world where we are tethered to our cell phones and email. Television and radios run in the background constantly. Commit to one day of being completely unplugged. Turn everything off, and submit to a technology detox. You’ll be amazed at how addicted you are to it, as well as how freeing it is without it. Engage with the people around you. With all that noise turned down, you’ll be able to give your full attention to them.

I’d love to hear any of your ideas related to unplugging in the comments!



  1. Great ideas!

    We unplug all our appliances before leaving on trips, but are not faithful about turning things off for shorter times–especially the computer. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. Carrie – glad you stopped by and enjoyed reading your 10-20-30 post.

  3. Yes, I was surprised to read (in The Economist) how much energy appliances use even when they ARE NOT in use. They draw power anyway because of poor design. So now I feel like my grandmother… unplugging the toaster when I’m done… but as you say, if everyone did this, wow. So glad you wrote about this!

  4. LL – Isn’t it amazing? I walk around unplugging stuff all over our house, and then it amazes me how much STUFF we have that plugs in!

  5. I have recently started doing this. I have even setup our televisions and on a separate power strip from our tivo boxes (we have 2 tvs and 2 tivos) so that tivo can be plugged in but the tv, dvd, etc. is off. Also, I have setup my pcs (we have a home business and have several) each in their own powerstrip that can be turned off after it is used. I’ll be interested in comparing power bills to see how much we are saving.

  6. JJ – The only thing that makes me hesitate on the tv/dvd/electronics is resetting the clocks every time . . . but I suppose saving the energy is worth it.

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