Plugged into the Mac, with the circuit
breaker in the off position, the Mac uses no power.
In standby mode, the Mac and the light
above it together use 24 Watts.
Using the Mac, it uses 82 Watts,
including the light above it.
When printing, power consumption goes
up to around 140 Watts.
The Mac is good compared to my Linux
box. As you can see below, it uses much more power.
With the breaker open, the Linux box
also uses no power.
Standby mode, it uses 35 Watts,
including the light above the desk.
In normal use, 154 Watts to 168 Watts
are consumed. That's about twice
what the Mac used.
When printing, this machine gobbles at
least 450 Watts. That's more
than three times what the Mac station uses. I think the difference is
because this is a LaserJet, whereas the Mac uses an InkJet. Paper comes
out of this machine warm. Paper comes out of that one slightly damp.
Based on this comparison, I should use
the Mac as much as possible when it's up to the job.
The vacuum draws an impressive amount
of power while it's running, but when all is said and done cleaning
both the bedroom and living room adds up to less than four cents worth
The stereo at a
comfortable volume draws 17 Watts. Loud enough that I can comfortably
hear it in the bathroom or kitchen, it draws 19. Way, Way, WAY too
loud, the momentary power consumption goes up to something like 61
Watts, but at those volumes the number in the display jumps around a
lot. Trust me, that is much louder than I want it to be for more than
experimental time frames.
The above is the
power consumption of my TV set. The only light fixture in my home that
is likely to draw any more power than it is the one in the kitchen,
which has four 25 Watt florescent bulbs in it. I think about things
like that when I see a political leader on TV discussing some shocking
political development. (The above picture was taken when former Vice
President Al Gore was telling Gwen Ifil why he wrote his new book, The
Assault On Reason, or maybe it was taken when he said he had no current
plans to run for President in the same interview.) I wish I'd taken a
screen shot during the technology story when they talked about how
those new high efficiency LED light bulbs really would "change the way
we see the world." That would have been on topic with this page. A
screen shot of anything else would have taken just as much power.
Ninety minutes of TV news (as much as I wanted today) doesn't even cost
me two cents.
I remember reading in some glossy magazine that Al Gore uses way more
power than I do on a daily basis. I don't feel responsible for that. I
am responsible for my own power bill. Maybe I am responsible in some
way for that of the people whom I influence the buying decisions of.
Certainly over the years I have suggested to many people that they
adopt less fuel consuming habits. How many have taken the advice to
heart? Probably more than one. How many were already "on the same
page"? Certainly more than one. I think about that because it seems
that the only way I can really prevent significantly more pollution
than I cause is to talk other people into using less energy than they
would have without my efforts. When all is said and done, it would be
nice to know I didn't do this world any harm by living on it. My
grandparents would have liked that.
I think about it because of the global nature of the internet. You,
dear reader, could be anywhere, and any time after about 1 AM on
June 20th, 2007. Is the framework around you different from mine? It
can't be that different or you wouldn't be able to read (meaning see
and comprehend) these words. That's the best way I can explain my
understanding of the political role of regulation in culture. I'd love
for "green politics" to have an ecojustice component, but it's not
going to happen until we reach critical mass. That's not going to
happen until we develop a sophisticated understanding of what the term
"moving forward together" really means. I say that because I've seen "I
don't mind so it doesn't matter" work for too many people in too many
different contexts to think otherwise.
My net bill for the 212 KWH shown above
was $25. I'm not sure how
much power the stove, microwave, and built in lights use, but I suspect
they add up to at least a third of my power consumption. I'm guessing
the power consumption rise from last year is from aging of the seals on
fridge, which I should replace. Another factor is that last
year I was running for office, which meant I was out a lot more than I
am now. Even so, my power consumption is only 58% of the baseline usage
for homes like mine. My neighbor thinks "everybody uses more than
baseline". I guess that makes me nobody in her world. Anyhow, I use all
the power I want, and then some when I forget to turn something off. I
have no idea why she would want to use more...
I long ago figured out that it's okay to use less power than I do, but
you have to work to do so. I'm sure that there are people whose power
consumption is smaller than mine. If you think you are one of them and
you commute, don't forget to include the power you use at work which
your employer pays for in your actual consumption footprint. The above
power bill includes all of my website development and email, in
addition to my other lifestyle requirements. If your total power usage
is lower than mine, I salute you!