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Waste Not Want Not

With my push to save money, I've made some interesting discoveries.

Until recently, I have been using at minimum 121.45 Watts of electricity every moment of every day.

The breakdown is as follows:

refrigerator: 76W
denki pot: 33W
FAX/Telephone: 5.2 W
Internet Hub: 3.55W
TV (turned off): 0.5W
Stereo (turned off): 0.8W
Computer Monitor (off): 2W
Printer (off): 0.4W

I can only cut so much electricity use (after all, I need my refrigerator to cool down my leftovers!), but when you really sit down and do the math, it's amazing how much waste there is surrounding you.


Yes, all that "taiki denryoku." But, living in the modern world, you can't just turn everything off and lose the customized settings for your fax/phone, stereo, etc. The only thing I think that can be turned off easily is the denki pot. Use a Thermos (is this word still used in the US?) instead.
Being frugal is great. In fact, I lead a frugal lifestyle (compared to all of my neighbors and friends), but there is a limit to what you can do. Sometimes, you need to spend on yourself to free yourself from restraints and feel good about yourself.
"Jibun e no gohoubi" wa tokidoki hitsuyou!! :cool:
A denki pot is basically a small electric water heater. They're quite common in Japan and Taiwan. I don't know about the rest of Asia, though.

That thing you posted the picture of is called a "power strip" in English, or at least that's what I call them. They're nice, aren't they? Power saving, at the flip of a switch!

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