electricity http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1829/all en-US 8 Ways You're Wasting Electricity Without Realizing It http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-youre-wasting-electricity-without-realizing-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-youre-wasting-electricity-without-realizing-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-cooking-oven-176826878-small.jpg" alt="woman cooking oven" title="woman cooking oven" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With energy prices on the rise and antique power grids patched together with gum and twine, it's time to take some control and get serious about reducing your use of the juice. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-ways-to-lower-your-electric-bill?ref=seealso">15 Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill</a>)</p> <p>Here are eight ways you're probably wasting electricity without realizing it.</p> <h2>1. Plugging, But Not Playing</h2> <p>Forget about the zombies; it's much more likely that your home is filled with vampires. Energy vampires are those devices and appliances we tend to leave plugged in 24/7 whether we're using them or not. And &mdash; on or off &mdash; every item that's plugged in is sucking power vampire-style. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/are-energy-vampires-sucking-you-dry">vampire energy can add as much as 10%</a> to a consumer's monthly energy bill.</p> <p>Let's use your microwave as an example. How often throughout the day do you use it to prepare food? And yet, it remains plugged in, digitally displaying the time and silently sipping electricity in the process. It's a like a 30-pound clock with a motor and rotating cooking tray. Any appliance that uses energy to do virtually nothing should at least pay you a sincere compliment every time you walk by it (a feature that industrial engineers should diligently be working on, in my humble opinion).</p> <p>Help drain energy vampires by unplugging electronics and appliances you seldom use. And if you're a gadget hound, read up on the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000RGF29Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000RGF29Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=C4OGZYRT3FH5G6LE">Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor</a>. For around $30.00, this handy little product calculates the energy consumed by keeping any electronic appliance plugged in and forecasts your related costs weekly, monthly, and yearly. Just plug it into an outlet, plug your device or appliance into it, and get a digital read-out. Once you see how the numbers add up, it'll be difficult to leave those vampires alone.</p> <h2>2. Cranking Up the Oven</h2> <p>When it comes to cooking a single item, an oven is often the &quot;nuclear option.&quot; That single-serving pizza or leftover tuna casserole could be warmed up in the microwave and then finished in the toaster oven. For little jobs, consider how to cook in stages using smaller appliances that sip electricity instead of automatically gravitating toward the power-sucking behemoths.</p> <h2>3. Getting in Hot Water</h2> <p>According to EnergyStar.gov, simply <a href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=products.pr_save_energy_at_home">heating the water accounts for 90% of the total power</a> it takes wash a load of laundry. That's a whole lot of wattage. For regular loads, switch to cold water for a month and see if you notice any difference in the cleanliness of your duds. Reserve warmer water settings for fighting oil-based stains. Your budget will thank you for it.</p> <h2>4. Dish-Drying</h2> <p>Hot water helps your dishwasher do its job, but drying with heat is added energy drain that's largely unnecessary. Today, most dishwashers feature a heated drying option that you can simply choose not to use. And though heated drying does help avoid spots on dishes, you can get the same benefit by adding a rinsing agent.</p> <h2>5. Fighting the Flow</h2> <p>As obvious as it sounds, if your home features a central air-conditioning and heating system, check your vents. Vents have a way of blending into the background of our homes; many get closed inadvertently and that can result in systems that have to work extra hard to do the job. While you're at it, make sure vents, ducts, and any filters are clean and installed properly. If you find dirt or debris that's unreachable, or if you see visible signs of mold, it may be time to have your <a href="http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/airduct.html#deciding">air ducts professionally cleaned</a>.</p> <h2>6. Lighting Up for the Holidays</h2> <p>Still using your dad's old string of holiday lights from 1975? Well, those incandescent bulbs are using just enough electricity to drain your gift-buying budget. Ditch the old and switch to new LED lights. You'll get hours of twinkling for a tiny fraction of the electric output.</p> <h2>7. Fridge-Gazing</h2> <p>It's a popular pastime, but standing in front of that open fridge trying decide if you have enough ingredients for a decent turkey club isn't doing your electric bill any favors. Ponder before you open the fridge or after you've quickly scanned its contents and shut the door.</p> <p>And while we're on the subject, make sure you're doing all you can to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-fridge-last-almost-forever-with-these-8-tips">help your refrigerator last for years</a>.</p> <h2>8. Ignoring Power Hours</h2> <p>Though it might not cut your electricity consumption, reserving energy-intensive tasks for off-peak hours can reduce the rate you pay. Since many power companies offer discounted rates after 8:00 p.m., focus not only on <em>how</em> you do things, but <em>when</em>. Check with your local power company to determine if it offers an off-peak discount and when off-peak hours begin and end. Then, whenever possible, schedule your laundry and dishwashing tasks to fit within that period.</p> <p>It's easy to think of electricity as a mysterious force coursing through power lines that magically illuminates all we do. But in reality, it's a concrete resource that we have direct control over. Luckily, we don't need to understand electricity to conserve it. So the next time you plug in, charge up, turn on, or warm up, think of ways to do each smarter.</p> <p><em>How do you save energy in your home? What methods have the greatest impact on your electricity bill?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-youre-wasting-electricity-without-realizing-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-the-greenest-lawn-on-the-block-naturally">How to Get the Greenest Lawn on the Block — Naturally</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-household-products-vinegar-can-replace">30 Household Products Vinegar Can Replace</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-simple-gardening-skills-anybody-can-master">13 Simple Gardening Skills Anybody Can Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/naturally-get-rid-of-ants-in-your-kitchen">Naturally Get Rid of Ants in Your Kitchen</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Home electricity utilities Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Kentin Waits 1227736 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Cut Your Electricity Bill http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cut-your-electricity-bill <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-cut-your-electricity-bill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4343048863_d896385505_z.jpg" alt="cfl bulbs" title="cfl bulbs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="184" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on ways to cut your electricity bill, entertaining yourself for free or cheap, and ovecoming your financial fears.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Use-Less-Electricity-29003772">10 Simple and Smart Ways to Cut Your Electricity Bill</a> &mdash; To cut your electricity bill, clean your machines so they run efficiently. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2013/04/03/the-7-best-ways-to-entertain-yourself-cheap-or-free/">The 7 Best Ways to Entertain Yourself Free or Cheap</a> &mdash; Entertain yourself for free by volunteering at concerts and festivals. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/4-tips-overcoming-financial-fears.html">4 TIPS for Overcoming Your Financial Fears</a> &mdash; Thinking differently can help you overcome your financial fears. [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://thoughtcatalog.com/clay-winowiecki/2015/04/7-ways-to-keep-yourself-safe-while-traveling/">7 Ways to Keep Safe When Traveling</a> &mdash; Never have all your cash in one place and don't show off. [Thought Catalog]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/saving-money-tips/post.aspx?post=059ef9e9-5d47-4889-9871-2cc743ffc172&amp;ref=bfv">How to raise money-smart kids</a> &mdash; Take advantage of apps to help you raise your kids to be financially savvy. [MSN Money]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://barbarafriedbergpersonalfinance.com/amass-by-changing-one-lifestyle-habit/">Amass $70,000 By Changing One Lifestyle Habit</a> &mdash; Stocking your car with snacks instead of buying them from snack shops when you're hungry can help you save a ton of money! [Barbara Friedberg Personal Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/what-banks-are-doing-to-help-troubled-borrowers/">What Banks are Doing to Help Troubled Borrowers</a> &mdash; In order to help troubled borrowers, banks are doing quicker short sales. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2005/05/facts_about_us_.html">Facts About U.S. Money</a> &mdash; Did you know paper currency was first issued in 1862 to make up for the shortage of coins and to fund the Civil War? [Free Money Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/real-estate/T065-C000-S000-declutter-your-life.html">Declutter Your Life</a> &mdash; To delutter your life, sell your unwanted stuff on Craigslist or eBay. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/11-questions-to-ask-a-special-needs-camp">11 Questions to Ask a Special Needs Camp</a> &mdash; If you have a special needs child who you are sending to camp, be sure to ask the camp about their staff to camper ratio. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-cut-your-electricity-bill">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-youre-wasting-electricity-without-realizing-it">8 Ways You&#039;re Wasting Electricity Without Realizing It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-ways-to-lower-your-electric-bill">15 Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-create-your-dream-backyard-on-a-budget">How to Create Your Dream Backyard on a Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/secret-lawn-tonic-recipe-from-golf-course-groundskeeper">Secret Lawn Tonic Recipe From Golf Course Groundskeeper</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/18-clever-ways-to-reuse-your-plastic-shopping-bags">18 Clever Ways to Reuse Your Plastic Shopping Bags</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Home best money tips electric bill electricity Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:00:32 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 972569 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Make Your Own Power http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-power <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-make-your-own-power" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/windmill.jpg" alt="Windmill" title="Windmill" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you ever wondered how to <a href="http://www.littlehouseinthevalley.com/5-ways-to-live-greener">power your home</a>, small electronics, or a generator using natural resources? I know I have. Countless times I've forgotten to charge my cell phone and wished I had a solar powered source to trickle-charge it throughout the day. While riding my bike I've pondered how to harness my own pedal-power and charge a laptop, especially when I'm no where near an outlet. Generating your own power isn't just a lofty thought anymore; today there are a plethora of products that make it possible. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/houses-you-can-build-yourself">Houses You Can Build Yourself</a>)</p> <h2>Solar Power</h2> <p>One of the most abundant sources of energy available to us is solar power. The sun's rays <a href="http://www.briansager.com/docs/articles/Nature_Article.pdf">create more energy in one hour</a> than the entire world uses in one year. Though solar panels have gone through years of improvements, today portable solar devices such as the <a href="http://www.solio.com/">Solio</a> can charge small electronics within a few hours or help extend battery life by giving them solar-powered boosts. Larger solar chargers are also available through a few different vendors.</p> <p>Want to power your home off the sun's rays? Home solar panels can help reduce your dependence on other energy. If you produce more energy than you need, some solar systems allow you to store your energy for a cloudy day or sell it back to your utility company. Not only are you saving energy; you could be profiting off it as well.</p> <p>Many everyday items also have solar panels built right into them that can charge small electronics, like the Voltaic Solar Backpack, cell phones such as Samsung's touch-phone Blue Earth, computer keyboards and mice, calculators, outdoor lighting, and bicycles from <a href="http://www.therapyproducts.com/products_sunnybike.html">Thera-P Products</a> in Toronto to name a few.</p> <h2>Water Power</h2> <p>Much of the electricity I purchase through our utility company is created at Hoover Dam's hydroelectric plant. But did you know you can create your own hydroelectric energy if you have a constant water supply, like a lake or stream, near your house? An example of this in action is <a href="http://www.judyofthewoods.net/hydro.html">Judy of the Woods </a>in Wales. Using micro-hydro turbines, she turned her nearby springs into a source of energy.</p> <p>There are also water-powered gadgets such as clocks, calculators, or radios. However, I owned a water-powered clock a few years ago and couldn't get it to work. Maybe the newer products hold their charge better.</p> <h2>Wind Power</h2> <p>The concept of wind power via a windmill isn't new; it's been around for over 1,000 years. Yet today's personal windmills are mostly used on farms and ranches to pump water or mill grain. This doesn't have to be the case. Depending on your community's rules and regulations, you can erect your very own windmill to generate power to your home or to pump your well water. Smaller windmills can be used to aerate a pond or other stagnant water sources as well.</p> <p>The key to erecting a windmill boils down to where you live; the less dense the population, the less likely you'll have neighbors complaining about the towering structure.</p> <h2>Animal Power</h2> <p>Almost exclusively seen on farms or ranches, work horses can pump water while exercising or charge a generator by walking in a circle. Though this might not be an option for most people, animals can generate about 5-10 times the amount of energy that people do.</p> <h2>Human Power</h2> <p>Many small electronics now come in hand-crank versions: radios, flashlights, generators, even washing machines. You simply crank or squeeze the handle and the energy from your own body charges the item's batteries; it's simple and effective.</p> <p>Want your legs to do all the work? <a href="http://www.econvergence.net/electro.htm">Pedal-A-Watt</a> turns just about any bicycle into a stationery generating machine. Charge your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kick-that-cell-phone-contract-save-with-a-prepaid-plan">cell phone</a>, laptop, or iPod while pedaling, or connect it to a PowerPak for later use. You can even find plans on the web to <a href="http://www.pedalpowergenerator.com/#FREE">build your own pedal-powered generator</a>.</p> <p>Charging my cell phone or laptop on the road no longer seems as baffling as it once did since I can choose from various clean, self-powered energy sources.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-house">Little House</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-your-own-power">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-youre-wasting-electricity-without-realizing-it">8 Ways You&#039;re Wasting Electricity Without Realizing It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hands-in-your-pocket-the-cost-of-standby-power-environmental-and-otherwise">Hands in Your Pocket: The Cost of Standby Power - Environmental and Otherwise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-a-2-liter-bottle-of-water-into-a-50-watt-lightbulb">How To Turn a 2-liter Bottle Of Water Into a 50-Watt Lightbulb</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/homemade-deodorant-is-it-worth-it">Homemade Deodorant: Is It Worth It?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-americans-can-learn-from-how-the-rest-of-the-world-saves-energy">What Americans Can Learn From How the Rest of the World Saves Energy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY electricity make your own power solar power utilities Thu, 11 Aug 2011 10:24:21 +0000 Little House 655757 at http://www.wisebread.com How To Turn a 2-liter Bottle Of Water Into a 50-Watt Lightbulb http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-a-2-liter-bottle-of-water-into-a-50-watt-lightbulb <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-turn-a-2-liter-bottle-of-water-into-a-50-watt-lightbulb" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/how-to-make-your-own-drip-irrigation-system-in-your-garden0.jpg" alt="Bright Idea" title="Bright Idea" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's not often that I'm taken aback by the simplicity and power of an invention, but this one does it for me. It's cheap, anyone can make one and it literally changes lives. Welcome to the water-bottle lightbulb.</p> <p>The inventor's name is Alfredo Moser, and his idea is spreading like wildfire through his neighborhood in Brazil. Like all really great ideas, it was born out of necessity. During a 2002 energy blackout in Brazil,&nbsp; Alfredo's workshop was plunged into darkness. And so, using a simple 2-liter bottle of water, two capfulls of bleach and an old 35 mm film canister, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zMAWztZ6TI">he created this lightbulb.</a></p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7hLOfDC39T0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>By cutting holes in his workshop roof, the new water-bottle lightbulbs could shine the sun's rays directly into his dark workplace, bathing it in light that enabled him to work again. And friends and neighbors have been using his invention to light their homes without having to pay for electricity. Obviously, this isn't a solution for your average home in America, but it could easily work in your garden shed or another type of workshop. And I'm sure there are a few enivronmentalists looking at this very closely right now, including the creator of <a href="http://www.earthship.net/">Earthships</a>.</p> <p><object height="344" width="425"> <param value="http://www.youtube.com/v/L9jdIm7grCY&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1" name="movie" /> <param value="true" name="allowFullScreen" /> <param value="always" name="allowscriptaccess" /><embed height="344" width="425" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/L9jdIm7grCY&amp;hl=en&amp;fs=1"></embed></object></p> <p>A few naysayers out there have already started picking apart the invention, with the main (and obvious) drawback being that it doesn't work without sun. Well, that's true. But this is designed to light up dark rooms during the daytime without spending one cent on electricity. And in the places where this invention is most useful, money is not exactly in abundance. It's a great idea and I, for one, salute Alfredo for a marvelous invention. Much like <a href="http://windupradio.com/trevor.htm">Trevor Bayliss's wind-up radio</a>, I can see this having a huge impact, especiallly in third world countries.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-a-2-liter-bottle-of-water-into-a-50-watt-lightbulb">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-4-get-free-stuff">Getting by without a job, part 4--get free stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/super-cheap-building-supplies-and-a-way-to-help-your-community">Super-Cheap Building Supplies and a Way to Help Your Community!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-diys-for-a-sparkling-clean-bathroom">8 DIYs For a Sparkling Clean Bathroom</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-diy-magazines-can-help-you-be-self-reliant">These DIY Magazines Can Help You Be Self-Reliant</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Green Living Bill budget DIY electricity modification save Mon, 06 Apr 2009 17:47:31 +0000 Paul Michael 3011 at http://www.wisebread.com Hands in Your Pocket: The Cost of Standby Power - Environmental and Otherwise http://www.wisebread.com/hands-in-your-pocket-the-cost-of-standby-power-environmental-and-otherwise <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/hands-in-your-pocket-the-cost-of-standby-power-environmental-and-otherwise" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cost of standby power 1.JPG" alt="power" title="power" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="148" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">Go check your electricity meter box. Is the wheel turning and clicking over, recording your power usage? Probably. Now go back inside, and turn everything off. The lights, the coffee maker - even the fridge - and check your meter again. Is it still turning and clicking? It probably is, if even a little bit.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">You are a victim (and wanton consumer) of standby power. And you are paying dearly for it, in more ways than one.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <h3><strong>What is Standby Power?</strong><img height="128" align="right" width="171" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u290/cost_of_standby_power_2.jpg" /></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Standby power (also called <em>phantom power </em>or a <em>phantom charge</em>) is the <strong>power consumed by appliances even when they are turned off</strong>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If it has an external power supply (power cords with blocky power adaptors), led lights, a remote control, or any sort of continuous display, you have a standby power culprit on your hands. Even your television, which may not have any led lights or displays, consumes a shocking amount of power (pardon the pun), simply waiting for you to pick up the remote and turn it on.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <h3><strong>What is the cost of Standby Power?</strong></h3> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>1 watt of standby power equates to about $1/year in consumption. </strong>This may not seem like much, but when you have 40+ appliances in your home drawing an average of 5 watts when they&rsquo;re off, this can add up.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Up to 10% of residential electric charges are attributable to standby power, and about 1% of global CO2 emissions are the result. Although this may still seem small for some, let&rsquo;s remember that this is a form of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/saving-the-planet-one-drop-at-a-time">consumption</a> that serves no purpose; everything is off. You gain little to no benefit from this consumption &ndash; and cost. <strong>If you invested the $200/year you spend on standby power, you could have over $24,000 in 30 years</strong> (at 8% average growth).</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <h3><strong>What in my home consumes Standby Power, and how much?</strong></h3> <p>As stated earlier, <strong>if it has a led light, continuous display, remote control, or external adaptor, it is a standby power culprit.</strong></p> <p><b>Computers </b>are huge offenders, especially if you like to leave them in sleep mode: laptops draw almost 16 watts, and desktops over 21 watts. Even turned completely off but left plugged in, you will draw up to 9 watts. And if you like to leave your laptop plugged in while using it even if it is charged, you are drawing almost 30 watts of unnecessary power (not to mention destroying your laptop&rsquo;s battery life).</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p>Do you have a <b>digital cable box </b>sitting on top of your <b>television</b>? The digital cable box &ndash; <i>while off </i>- is pulling 17 watts, and 43 watts if you have a digital video recorder. Your television is consuming an average of 6 watts, just waiting for you to turn it on.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">To find out what in your household is consuming standby power and how much, check out <a href="http://standby.lbl.gov/summary-table.html">this great chart</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <h3><strong>How do I reduce my Standby Power Usage?</strong><o:p></o:p></h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Here are a few suggestions:</p> <ul> <li>Unplug everything that is not currently in use.</li> <li>For ease of unplugging, use a power strip and switch it off to cut power to multiple appliances at once.</li> <li>If you have a wireless modem, turn it off when you are not using it. This is also a great security measure to ensure hackers don&rsquo;t have access to your internet connection and devices.</li> <li>Don&rsquo;t leave your laptop plugged in beyond the time it takes to charge (and make sure you unplug it from the wall; don&rsquo;t just disconnect the adaptor from the laptop). This also saves your laptop battery life.</li> <li>Check out products like <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/green-switch-for-green-savings">Green Switch</a> to help you automate the process.</li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Together, let&rsquo;s save our money - and a little piece of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-be-nicer-to-the-environment-and-your-wallet">the environment</a>&nbsp; &ndash; by reducing our standby power consumption. It is easy enough once good habits have been developed. And who doesn&rsquo;t want to save money? I mean, really?</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hands-in-your-pocket-the-cost-of-standby-power-environmental-and-otherwise">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-i-just-won-t-do-to-save-money">10 Things I Just Won’t Do to Save Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oprah-asks-a-great-question-what-can-you-live-without">Oprah Asks A Great Question; What Can You Live Without?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-have-free-outdoor-fun">50+ Ways to Have Free Outdoor Fun</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Green Living Lifestyle electricity phantom charge phantom power power standby power Thu, 05 Mar 2009 06:07:37 +0000 Nora Dunn 2893 at http://www.wisebread.com Plan for expensive fuel http://www.wisebread.com/plan-for-expensive-fuel <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/fuel-prices-1.jpg" alt="Gas station sign" title="Gas station sign" width="400" height="300" /></p> <p>Does your budget include a contingency for fuel to get much more expensive? Because it ought to.</p> <p>I learned about the need for contingencies early. My first attempt at setting up housekeeping took place in 1980-1981, right at the peak of an inflationary spurt that saw the consumer price index grow at 14%. My budget was completely destroyed by prices that went up by more than 1% per month.</p> <p>So what&#39;s your contingency for a spike in fuel prices?</p> <p>For a few people who live in cities and walk or take mass transit, fuel is a small percentage of the total spending--small enough that a even a big increase in fuel prices won&#39;t break the budget. If you&#39;re not one of those people, you should either have a plan to take money from somewhere else in the budget, or else you should have a plan to reduce your driving if necessary.</p> <p>What other line item can you take money from? Discretionary money--entertainment and the like--has usually already been cut to the bone in the initial budget-making process, so there&#39;s not much money to take from there. The closest thing most people have in their budget for contingencies is the money that&#39;s going into savings--and taking the money from there is a terrible idea.</p> <p>That leaves reducing driving. Reducing driving in the short term is hard, but there are ways:</p> <ul> <li>combining trips--always a good idea anyway</li> <li>carpooling and other forms of ride sharing</li> <li>telecommuting</li> <li>bicycling or walking</li> <li>using mass transit</li> </ul> <p>In the longer term there&#39;s the opportunity to take more drastic action, such as moving closer to work or making investments in fuel economy, such as a more efficient car. (A moped, scooter, or motorcycle would be cheaper than any new car and much more fuel-efficient as well.)</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/fuel-prices-2.jpg" alt="Electric meter" title="Electric meter" width="330" height="247" align="left" />When making your contingency plan, remember that transportation fuel is not the only kind you need to pay for. Heating and electricity rates will go up right along with transportation fuel costs. </p> <p>This means that another part of your contingency plan should be energy-saving measures you can take at home: better insulation, adjusting the thermostat, etc. Even better, make the changes now and put the savings into a contingency fund. </p> <p>Also, don&#39;t forget that fuel price increases tend to drive price increases in everything else as well, starting with food.</p> <p>I&#39;m making a big deal out of this because higher fuel prices are in the cards. Fuel prices will go down as well as up, but the long-term trend will be up. According to the US <a href="http://www.eia.doe.gov/">Energy Information Administration</a>, only three out of the top ten oil producing countries showed increases in production in 2006 over 2005. None of them showed significant increases and the two biggest (Saudi Arabia and Russia) both showed clear declines. In fact, total <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/theoildrum/~3/128101984/2693">world production of oil</a> has been flat since 2004.<img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/fuel-prices-3.jpg" alt="Gas meters" title="Gas meters" width="339" height="210" align="right" /> </p> <p>Just as important as flat production is increases in consumption, especially in oil-producing countries. In part because of increasing domestic use, only two of the top ten oil exporting countries showed an increase in exports in 2006 over 2005. </p> <p>We will no doubt continue to increase production of renewable fuels like ethanol and biodiesel, but it&#39;s an open question how much of the gap between flat supplies and growing demand can be filled by renewables. Your contingency plan is for the very real possiblity that any gap will push up fuel prices. </p> <p>As I said, fuel prices will go down as well as up. There&#39;s a lot of low-hanging fruit in the US for conserving fuel. When prices get high enough, people will make the necessary changes, and many of those changes (moving closer to work, buying a more fuel-efficient car) will produce long-term reductions in demand--reductions that won&#39;t be quickly reversed, even if fuel prices drop. And, sometimes, that reduction in demand will be enough to produce a real drop in prices, but those drops in price won&#39;t come when you need them to save your budget. They&#39;ll come when you&#39;ve finally given in and adjusted your fuel use to the new reality.</p> <p>How will you handle higher fuel prices? You need to have a plan.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/plan-for-expensive-fuel">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-if-energy-costs-keep-rising">What if energy costs keep rising?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rolling-stone-article-on-ethanol">Rolling Stone article on ethanol</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rural-living-in-a-world-with-expensive-fuel">Rural living in a world with expensive fuel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-hire-a-broker-to-buy-a-car">Should You Hire a Broker to Buy a Car?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-save-an-extra-109486-a-year">How to Save an Extra $1,094.86 a Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Cars and Transportation electricity fuel fuel costs heating transport Sun, 29 Jul 2007 20:34:27 +0000 Philip Brewer 920 at http://www.wisebread.com Living Without Air-Conditioning Can Save Big Bucks This Summer http://www.wisebread.com/living-without-air-conditioning-can-save-big-bucks-this-summer <p><img src="http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i313/kylinsmom/fan.jpg" alt=" " width="160" height="225" align="left" />Living in 90 degree weather with over 70 percent humidity the past few days has not been easy here in rural Nebraska. Hearing others complain about it only makes it worse -- especially knowing that they probably have air-conditioning. My family and I have gone without it the past two summers, and I have learned a thing or two about foregoing a very expensive luxury that most people really can live without.</p> <p>Why would anyone want to go without the AC? Well, it is becoming more costly each year, and some people really can&#39;t afford it. Many just choose not to. Think of all that extra electric bill money put towards vacation, credit card debt, or even a nice vacation! </p> <p>The key to surviving hot, sticky summers without cool air really has been about adjustment. When I am home all day, taking care of my children, working out in the yard, and not going into places with air-conditioning, I don&#39;t even notice much how hot it can get. Your body adjusts to a certain level of heat, and it does what it can to keep you cool. Drinking plenty of liquids, staying in the shade, and avoiding the outdoors during the hottest hours are key to staying safe. Do not go into places with air-conditioning if you can help it, and don&#39;t run it in your vehicle. You won&#39;t miss what you can&#39;t experience. Remember back in the 70&#39;s when almost no one had air-conditioning? We survived then, and we can now.</p> <p>If you are diligent about taking steps every day to keep your house cool, it is possible to maintain a nightime low temperature during most of the daytime hours. First thing in the morning, shut up the house by closing all windows and doors. Cover every window with a shade or heavy drape (heavy quilts work nicely, too!) If you have control over your outside landscaping, look into planting trees or shrubs that will product shade onto the sunniest sides of your home.</p> <p> Use heat and electricity sparingly in your home during the day. Cook outside if possible (food tastes better on the BBQ anyway.) Dry clothes outside on the line, and run a fan or vent while showering. Keep lights turned off in rooms you aren&#39;t using. Use ceiling fans in a counter-clockwise direction to cool rooms easily.</p> <p>Once the sun goes down, open all windows to let in the cool air. Certain rooms will be cooler due to airflow and insulation, and these are the best rooms to sleep in. My family likes to sleep in the living room because it has the best night breeze. The children call it &quot;camping&quot; and it really has been a fun experience. </p> <p>Because of our decision to go without air-conditioning, we can expect to save $65-150 a month on our electric bill. With a little dedication and cooperation from everyone in your household, you can too! </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/living-without-air-conditioning-can-save-big-bucks-this-summer">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-use-of-sub-par-produce">7 Ways to Make Use of Sub-Par Produce</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-youre-wasting-electricity-without-realizing-it">8 Ways You&#039;re Wasting Electricity Without Realizing It</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hands-in-your-pocket-the-cost-of-standby-power-environmental-and-otherwise">Hands in Your Pocket: The Cost of Standby Power - Environmental and Otherwise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-turn-a-2-liter-bottle-of-water-into-a-50-watt-lightbulb">How To Turn a 2-liter Bottle Of Water Into a 50-Watt Lightbulb</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-deadly-energy-sinners-the-energy-hogs-hiding-in-your-home">7 Deadly Energy Sinners: The Energy Hogs Hiding in Your Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living air-conditioning cooling bills electricity energy save money Tue, 19 Jun 2007 04:37:40 +0000 Linsey Knerl 754 at http://www.wisebread.com Daylight "Saving" Time...What Does It Save, Anyway? http://www.wisebread.com/daylight-saving-time-what-does-it-save-anyway <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/watch.jpg" alt=" " width="314" height="209" /></p> <p>I&#39;ve always liked long summer evenings, so I look forward to springing forward with daylight saving time every year. But not everyone feels the same way, and I recently learned some things about DST that make me wonder if it&#39;s a wise policy or an industry scam.</p> <p>Daylight saving time arrives earlier this year, so that means that we&#39;re going to spring forward on March 11, a full three weeks sooner than we&#39;ve been springing forward for the last few decades. The <a href="http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/consumerawareness/a/dstextend.htm">latest adjustment</a> to DST (there have been many over the past hundred years or so) is part of an <a href="http://usgovinfo.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&amp;sdn=usgovinfo&amp;zu=http%3A%2F%2Fthomas.loc.gov%2Fcgi-bin%2Fbdquery%2Fz%3Fd109%3Ah.r.00006%3A">energy bill passed by Congress in 2005</a>.</p> <p class="heading">What&#39;s the Rationale?</p> <p>Essentially, to get more sunlight out of the day. The idea is that the more natural light that we get in the evening, the less energy we use when we get home from work. If it&#39;s light out, we won&#39;t turn on the lights. Supposedly.</p> <p class="heading">It Saves Energy, Right? </p> <p>The &quot;official&quot; reason behind Daylight Saving Time (also called Summer Time, in some parts of the world) is <a href="http://www.energy.ca.gov/daylightsaving.html">energy conservation</a>.</p> <p class="blockquote">Studies done in the 1970s by the U.S. Department of Transportation show that we trim the entire country&#39;s electricity usage by about one percent EACH DAY with Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time &quot;makes&quot; the sun &quot;set&quot; one hour later and therefore reduces the period between sunset and bedtime by one hour. This means that less electricity would be used for lighting and appliances late in the day.</p> <p>Researchers and Congress have found all kinds of <a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/03/0330_040330_daylightsavings_2.html">great things to say about DST</a>. Traffic accidents are supposedly reduced significantly, as are crimes such as vandalism. </p> <p>It&#39;s a really nice idea, too, if it were at all true. In fact, DST is the darling of the retail industry. The quote below, from National Geographic news, is taken from a Congressional report issued in 1986 (emphasis mine):</p> <p class="blockquote">[M]ore daylight outdoor playtime for the children and youth of our Nation, greater utilization of parks and recreation areas, expanded economic opportunity through <strong>extension of daylight hours to peak shopping hours and through extension of domestic office hours</strong> to periods of greater overlap with the European Economic Community.</p> <p class="heading">Save WHAT? </p> <p>Ah, there it is. It&#39;s a nice idea that kids play outside longer and parks get used, but another important point is that we stay out longer and spend more money when the weather is good. </p> <p>Just ask Michael Downing, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Spring-Forward-Annual-Madness-Daylight/dp/1593760531">Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time</a>. According to Downing:</p> <ul> <li>Because the sun won&#39;t rise until between 7:30-8:30 a.m., we have to turn on our lights in the morning, thus squandering any electricity savings. </li> <li>An extra hour of daylight after work means that people will be tempted to go out shopping instead of going straight home, thus increasing fuel use.</li> <li>The DST extension here in the US will put our time out of sync with Europe&#39;s, which is estimated to cost the airline industry $150 million per year.</li> </ul> <p><span class="heading">Sweet Intentions</span> </p> <p>It&#39;s not your average retailer that is <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4572036">pushing for DST</a>:</p> <p><strong>Halloween Trick-or-Treaters:</strong> In the United States, DST always ends a few days before Halloween. A bill to extend DST to Halloween is proposed almost every session of Congress, an effort to provide trick-or-treaters more light and, therefore, more safety from traffic accidents. Also, for decades, candy manufacturers have lobbied for a DST extension to Halloween, as many young trick-or-treaters gathering candy are not allowed out after dark. An added hour of light could mean a big holiday treat for the candy industry. </p> <p class="heading">Fun DST Facts</p> <ul> <li>Although we all say &quot;daylight savingS time&quot;, there&#39;s technically not supposed to be an S at the end of &quot;saving&quot;, even though it sounds better. </li> <li>Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and most of Arizona do not fall back or spring forward.</li> <li>Indiana used to be split on the issue - only now is the entire state legislated to observe DST.</li> <li>Livestock farmers are generally opposed to DST because they believe that changing schedules is bad for the animals.</li> <li>The concept was first introduced by Benjamin Franklin.</li> <li>Canada has pretty much been forced to use DST because their economy is so closely tied to ours. The exception would be my Uncle Percy in Saskatchewan. He doesn&#39;t observe it.</li> <li>Countries near the equator are more or less blissfully oblivious to DST, because it&#39;s ALWAYS SUMMER WHERE THEY LIVE.</li> </ul> <p class="heading">Y2K Repeat?</p> <p align="left">The change is <a href="http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=daylight02&amp;date=20070202">wreaking havoc on computer techs</a> the world over, who are just now getting around to <a href="http://blogs.msdn.com/mthree/comments/1244159.aspx">updating software</a> with patches to adjust the DST date (even though we&#39;ve known about this for 2 years).</p> <p class="heading">Fix It</p> <p>Lots of companies are providing software patches to help you and your little machines adapt to the new DST timing. Click <a href="http://www.dstpatch.com/">here</a> for some valuable links to vendor patches.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/daylight-saving-time-what-does-it-save-anyway">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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