Thursday, 6 August 2015
In an attempt to save electricity (and myself a bit of money in the process - thanks City of Cape Town!) I've decided to try something new: whenever I go into the office kitchen to make myself a cup of tea, I check to see if the water in the kettle is still hot enough to use after it was last boiled. I don't take milk in my tea so it stays hotter for longer, and I'm starting to notice how much electricity we waste by automatically putting the kettle on to boil, even if the water is still hot. Of course, this doesn't work at home because no one boils the kettle as much, but then I only top it up with the amount of water I need for one cup of tea. Plus, filling up your kettle with hot water from the tap means that it will take less time to boil. And considering the fact that I have at least 5 cups of tea a day, I feel a bit better about the electricity usage this way.
It's not much, but maybe if we all tried to find little ways you to easily save electricity every day, we wouldn't be in the dark so damn often. PS That old radio ad about the amount of electricity we waste by leaving our cellphone chargers plugged in still haunts me to this day, so do the right thing - unplug that charger, now!