Here is a story I have already heard enough of and it hasn't even been fully played out of the Today show yet. This 'energy vampire' thing that NBC rammed down our throats during Green Week. Apparently, appliances that are not in use use electricity to run the clocks and save your settings. No surprise there. According to one article, it is usually "between 0.5 and 25 watts, though it can reach 50 watts or more in some cases". That's a pretty big range. I guess Europe should unplug CERN when they're not using it.
This is a great saver of electricity, I'm sure. Maybe not as much as shutting off your TV for an hour. Like during "America's Got Talent"? Or for the first 35 minutes of "Deal or No Deal"? I guess that's not the kind of energy NBC wants to conserve.
This penny-wise, pound-foolish attitude toward energy conservation is bringing me down. How about we ban NASCAR for a year? That would save more energy than just about anything I can think of. In addition to 250 miles of high-octane left turns, you also have the 35,000 cars that drive to see them each week. Many in 8-mile-to-the-gallon Winnebagos.
I drive a 4-cylinder car and only enter the highway when the on-ramp is down hill. I think I can afford to leave the clock on my microwave on.