Until now, I’ve been amongst the anxiously prepared (or pathetically lazy, depending on interpretation) who like to keep the computer on sleep mode, the cell phone charger lodged in the wall socket and the hair-straightening iron left on standby — because as every girl knows, you never know when a hair emergency will strike. Seriously, my stylist actually has a separate phone number for such occasions … but that’s another story.
However this changes as of today when I not only turn off, but unplug whatever’s not in use — the only exception will be my computer, which I’m convinced dies a little every time it’s unplugged, and my VCR, because it’s near impossible to reach the socket without hauling three bookshelves out of the way, and I use it frequently to watch screeners for work.
Everything else, though — my phone and battery charger, stereo and speakers, modem, humidifier, hair dryer and straightening iron, bedside and desk lamps, kettle, electric grill and toaster — is all getting unplugged, until I need to use them.
So far the acoustic lifestyle is working out just fine, although it’s only been a day, and I have yet to encounter a sudden need for flat hair, toast and loud music all at once.
Image stolen recklessly from the CPSC