Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It doesn't take eight hours to charge a cell phone.

I just mention this because many people plug their phones in every night, while they sleep.

Nothing wrong with that I suppose. It is certainly a convenient way to do it and ensures that you always have a charged phone, but....

if you want to save money and reduce your carbon footprint, you could just charge your phone when it needs it and unplug it when the charging is complete. The same goes for cordless landlines, laptop computers, Ipods, etc.

Another quick way to save money and energy is to turn off GFI plugs when they are not in use.

Any other ideas?


  1. Never really thought about it but unplugging anything that isn't in use would work. TV's in rooms you don't go into often, small appliances, hair dryers and irons...

  2. That's one of those ideas that is fantastic in concept and less than useful in practice.
    If you unplug your phone at 8 (after it's charged from a full day of use), you will find it depleted long before the work day is done the next day. And, if you can remember to plug your phone in at 6 before you leave at 8- that's fine. I can't and don't.
    The phone vendors should be required to provide chargers that do just that- like my oven. When I want it ready and then it starts when I need it to be done...

  3. I don't know about requiring timed chargers, but maybe a company or two could be convinced that there would be a good market for them.

    Not every idea will work for everyone, but some might find an idea useful and just never have thought of it.