300,000 Tonnes CO2e Caused By Unused Internet Routers
If you read this blog on a regular basis, you’ll know that I am a big believer in making the small changes to your lifestyle that might seem almost pointless individually but can result in significant amounts of greenhouse gas emissions being saved when taken across the UK.
Last night I did a little experiment with my plug in energy monitor and my internet router to see what effect leaving it on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week might have. As you would expect, the power usage was fairly low but in the video I made shortly afterwards I explain why it is still important to turn yours off when it’s not in use. Proof once again that individuals can make a difference.
The calculations I mention in the video are:
- 4.6 watts = power used by my router
- 20 = hours per day left on unused
- 0.092 = kWh energy wasted per day
- 21,000,000 = households in the UK with internet
- 1,932,000 = kWh wasted by UK households each day
- 705,180,000 = kWh wasted by UK households each year
- 0.43 = kgCO2e per kWh
- 303,227.4 = tonnes of CO2e emitted per year
- 30,323 = equivalent number of people’s carbon footprint
- £4.0926 = cost to a household per year at 12p per kWh
- £84,621,600 = cost to UK economy each year
Knowing what you do now, will you be turning your router off when it’s not in use?
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