I just found a great new site for the Boulder Green Building Guild. This group is an association of building professionals dedicated to green building and educating the public. Judging by the Web site they have a lot to say and more going on. In fact, there is an event coming up:
Friday, November 10, 5:00-7:00pm
BGBG, APOB, AIA: Buildings and Beer Happy Hour! at Bacaro
which I will definitely be attending.
There is a discussion board and newsletter. I read briefly through the October newsletter, where it gave tips on how to limit the amount of energy we use. This is just the type of information we can all use – you don’t have to climb your roof and install solar panels (unless you want to) or move your house off the grid – you just have to unplug your appliances when you are not using them.
Read this tip from the site:
A "phantom load" is the energy that’s sapped by appliances when they’re plugged in,
but not on. Use power strips or manually unplug DVD players, computers and cell phone
chargers to save electricity from disappearing without a trace.
- Save big on your energy bills. In the average home, 40% of all electricity is used to power home appliances while they’re turned off.
- Lower emissions. If all phantom loads in US homes were stopped, we could shut down 17 power plants.
- Power strips with surge protectors make it easy to unplug many appliances at once.
Of course, I don’t know from where they pulled their numbers. Maybe I will email them and find out.