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Cord Control to Reduce Energy
I've read quite a few articles where an office or a family tries to reduce their carbon footprint, and one of the first actions she trys is to unplug their electronic equipment when it is not in use. The individual gets very frustrated, because it's not as easy as it seems – too many cords with lots of different purpose
To reduce your energy use, first you must organize your cords into the following categories:
1) Equipment that needs a constant flow of energy all the time
2) Equipment that needs energy only during the day-time
3) Equipment that needs energy on an ad-hoc basis
Equipment that needs a constant flow of energy are electronic land-line phones and clocks. Keep them plugged into your outlets all the time.
Equipment that needs energy only during the day are computers and printers. Plug them into a power strip with an on/off switch. At the end of the day, turn off the power strip which will reduce energy use.
Equipment that needs energy on an ad-hoc basis such as cell phones, digit cameras, PDA's, etc. should only have the chargers plugged into an outlet when the equipment actually needs to be charged. Alternatively, plug all of these charges into a power strip with an on/off switch. Only turn the power strip "on" when you need to charge an electronic device.
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posted on: 6/1/2009 8:30:00 AM by Heather Cocozza
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Heather Cocozza, PMP, CPO® is a Professional Organizer who organizes and designs tailored home and office solutions. She is on the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)-WDC Board of Directors 2009-2010 and is the owner of Cocozza Organizing & Design, LLC. Prior to her organizing career, Heather Cocozza worked 13 years at IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers as an ERP Project Manager and at times traveled extensively while her "virtual" twins were between the ages of 0 to 3.
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