January 6

New Facebook Game ‘Power House’ Makes Saving Energy Fun! (relatively speaking)

powerhouse-facebook-gameI’ve recently been informed that many people, perhaps even most people, don’t get as jazzed about saving energy around the house as I do. This is preposterous. Who wouldn’t be excited aboutcutting down on electricity, water, and gas use at home? I mean, I guess “saving energy” isn’t that terribly thrilling on the face of it, but it’s what happens when we’re not wasting all that energy that gets me going. Less pollution. Less carbon emissions. LOWER UTILITY BILLS. For those less-than-enthusiastic energy savers out there, a new Facebook game has been released that just might make you look at energy usage differently, and get you hopelessly addicted to yet another Facebook app at the same time. Let’s face it: Farmville is so 2 years ago, and Candy Crush? BORING. I’m talking about Power House.

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December 31

Standby Power: What it Is, Why it Sucks, and What You Can Do About It

phantom-vampire-powerDid you all have a nice Christmas? Get to spend some nice time in the warm embrace of family and friends? I sure hope so. I certainly did. The one thing I’ve noticed about Christmas over the last few years is the number of gifts that require charging or being plugged in. Santa brings just about everybody I know some new gadget or device…it’s just a fact in this connected, modern world. Stuff’s gotta get charged; stuff’s gotta have power. But did you know there’s a dark, dirty secret about all this electronic stuff? It’s true. Wanna know the secret? Come here….I’ll tell you. All this stuff that’s turned off when not in use? They’re not really off. Did you even know this? Most people don’t, so don’t feel bad. Most of the stuff that we plug into the wall these days suck a tiny amount of energy out of the outlet 24/7. This energy use is called by different names, like‘phantom load’ ‘leaking electricity’ or ‘vampire energy,’standby, or instant-on power. And it sucks. Literally.

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