As photographers, we use a tremendous amount of electricity. Wether it be computers or charging batteries, backup drives, etc…we use a lot.
Take a pledge! If you are going to walk away from your computer for more than 30 minutes, power off. Even when you put a computer to sleep, it is still drawing down electricity, the same goes for backup drives. When your batteries are charged, pull those plugs out of the wall. A plugged in charger, even without a battery on it will use a couple of dollars a month, but more importantly, you are wasting natural resources as well as shortening the life of your equipment.
The upside! Computers that are left on and just go into sleep mode never have the opportunity for their directories to be cleaned up or the memory to be reallocated. When a computer is shut down it reduces the strain on the power supply as well as other components. During the reboot process, memory allocation is cleared and operating system is neatened up as well. Most monitors also have a certain life expectancy, make it last longer by using the sleep mode.
We have an obligation to future generations to conserve as many resources as possible. Solar, CFL’s and LED’s can also make a difference.