Monday, June 23, 2008
I DO advocate switching off electrical gadgets on standby
Well, well, it's been an interesting few days... Since The Register posted an article about my draft book, I've received a flood of emails, and been shocked to observe the cacophony of people on blogs and bulletin boards all debating 'what the Professor said', plopping me in one camp or another of their running battles.
I'd like to make one suggestion to everyone: if you want to discuss what I said in the book, please read the book!.
Some readers seem to think that whatever the journalist wrote, I said. For example his introduction said that most people 'have no need to worry about the energy they use to power their electronics; it’s insignificant compared to the other things'. That was the journalist, not me! This attitude to standby power has provoked the mob to get out their flame-throwers, saying 'MacKay should know that 8% of all domestic electricity goes to power junk on standby!' Sigh!
For the record, here is my domestic electricity consumption for the last few years.
I started paying attention to my electricity consumption in 2007. I started switching off all my stereos, answering machines, cable modem, wireless, and so forth, in mid-2007. I am happy to confirm that switching off these vampires has reduced my domestic electricity consumption from roughly 4 kWh/d to below 2 kWh/d. This is an energy saving well worth making; I encourage everyone to bye-bye their standby, and read their meters to see the difference it makes.