For you to see significant changes, there is a mindset you have to adopt. of how you use your electric appliances. Whenever you are not using any electric appliance, switch it off, and I mean switch off the socket on the wall. Do not leave a room with the lights on. Switch off always before going out. If you happen to be among those people still using those super bright 100 watts bulbs in all your light fittings, please be sure to switch them off when you do not them. It is best to replace these light bulbs with more energy-efficient bulbs like LEDs or CFLs that consume less than 50 watts, even though they will cost more. I will familiarize you with how to check power rating of electrical appliances in my subsequent posts.
• Turn off machines when not in use
• To maximise savings with a laptop, put the AC adapter on a power strip that can be turned off.
– The transformer in the AC adapter draws power continuously, even when the laptop is not plugged into the adapter
• Turn off equipment
– Many believe that equipment lasts longer if it is never turned off. This incorrect perception is a carryover from the days of older mainframe computers.
• Screen savers do not reduce energy use by monitors.
• Many appliances draw small amounts of power even when switched off. These “phantom” loads can be avoided by unplugging the appliance or switching off a power strip. Be aware of “phantom” loads.
• Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged