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Power Down: Unplug Before Thanksgiving Break To Save Energy

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
November 26, 2008

If you’ve ever wondered whether unplugging electrical equipment for few days (as the UNH Energy Task Force is recommending for upcoming Thanksgiving holiday) can really save energy, consider the low watt transformers used with many printers, scanners and cordless phone.

You know the ones: those small black box-shaped attachments that are warm to the touch. Well, that warmth amounts to energy. And leaving them plugged in when not in use amounts to wasted energy.

So, before you leave for the holiday, unplug all things electrical. That means computers, copiers, and fax machines of course, but don’t forget coffeemakers, radios, microwaves, and desktop printers.

Doing so could result in saving more than $20,000, about 100,000 kilo-watt hours of energy and greenhouse gas emissions that equal taking 50 cars off the road.

Learn more at www.unh.edu/etf/powerdown.html.

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