The simple act of unplugging electronics when you aren’t using them not only reduces energy, but could save you as much as 10 percent on your electric bill. You may be asking why this can save energy? Even though your toaster, microwave, coffeemaker, and television are turned off, they still draw a small amount of electricity in order to maintain their internal memories, this is called a Phantom Load. It is not a very large energy draw, but if you multiply that by every unused appliance in your house over a period of twenty-four hours, it adds up. Now, I understand that many of us, myself included, would prefer not to sit around as the TV re-learns all of the channels each time, but take a look around and see if there are any other things you can unplug: what about that toaster sitting on your counter or that paper shredder in your bedroom? I'm looking in my kitchen and I see a toaster oven, toaster, and an old coffee maker that are not being used, yet are still plugged in. I know that this may not seem like you are doing a lot, but every bit helps and any savings on an electric bill is welcome.
All this is said to let you know that April 22nd is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and Cascadian Farm wants you to join the celebration by pledging to follow a few eco-friendly tips on Facebook. There are eight different pledges to choose from, so it will be easy to find one that fits your lifestyle. Just go to CF Earth Day on Facebook and click the "go to application" button, which will take you to the pledge page. Now, when you get to the page, just let the different types of pledges cycle through and then click on the one you would like to do. The pledge I took was to be a food planner. It was mentioned that in the United States, 25% of prepared food is thrown away. I have to admit that I am guilty of doing this very thing, so I'll try to come up with some creative ways of using leftover food and do my part to reduce the waste (I think I smell some future articles). For each person that signs a pledge now through May 31, 2010, Cascadian Farm will donate $1, up to $40,000, to the Organic Farming Research Foundation, which fosters the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems.
Oh, you might also be interested in knowing that if you go to Cascadian Farm.com, you can download a $1.00 coupon.
Now, for the moment you have all been waiting for: Cascadian Farm is giving away a "Live Green Together" prize pack (pictured above), which includes Cascadian Farm cereals and granola bars, including: Fruitful O´s cereal, Cinnamon Crunch cereal, Chocolate Chip Chewy granola bars, Dark Chocolate Almond Granola, Dark Chocolate Almond granola bars, Oats & Honey granola, and an eco-friendly grocery bag. If you would like to enter for a chance of winning, please continue reading...
How to enter: Just leave a comment and you're all set.
For extra entries (you will need to leave a comment after every additional entry, so I can credit you with the addition):
- Become a fan of Cascadian Farm on Facebook
- In your comment, share with us what you would do to live greener (sorry, wearing green or drinking green beer does not count)
- Become a subscriber of Everyday Living (link is in upper left sidebar)
- Become a Follower of Everyday Living (lower right sidebar)
- Follow me on Twitter
- Post about this contest on your site and supply a link back to here
- Re-Tweet my Tweet regarding this contest or just Tweet and include the individual link to this article
Shameless self-promotion points...
The winner will be chosen by random number generator (yes, I'm finally dragging myself into the Twenty-First century) and will need to supply me their mailing information. That information will be forwarded to MyBlogSpark and Cascadian Farm, who will send your prize.
This contest is open from now until 22 April, 11:59 pm, Eastern time.
Oh, I guess I should say that I did receive a sample kit and that the products, my sample, the information, and giveaway have all been provided by Cascadian Farm through MyBlogSpark