These days when we work from the office or from home, many of us often put our laptops or other devices to sleep. We do this so that when we continue work, we can immediately reboot the device without having to restart the operating system. If we put the laptop in sleep mode, we take it out of the workstation or pull the monitor cable, put it in its bag to take home, or if we work from home, we carry it to the next room. The monitor stays on and is often left to put itself to sleep; We just walk away without saying goodnight to the computer.
According to calculations made by ESET experts, when the monitor goes into standby mode, it consumes an average of 0.5 W, which is 4 kWh per year. Of course, this figure may differ depending on the type of device, manufacturer, age and other variables. Older devices may be consuming more power. Let’s take the equipment of a person working from home as an example. Have a printer, monitor, laptop, phone charger, a mini central satellite receiver, and a surge-protected extension cord that turns on when it works. In theory, all devices can be unplugged when you leave the workplace at the end of the day. Let’s assume that one more person works remotely in this house. Therefore, we can double the number of monitors, laptops and phone charges. The number of our devices is the same as the configurations in the workspaces of the vast majority who work from home or office. Let’s say four devices are plugged in in standby mode in each workspace. Both wasted energy and wasted money.
The real harm is the carbon footprint we leave with unnecessary energy use. Assuming that 30 percent of the population owns a workspace at home or in the office and leaves all their devices in standby mode, a total of 38.4 million kWh is used aimlessly, considering that the four devices consume 4 kWh. This creates a carbon footprint of 15 tons of CO2 emissions per year, combined with overall energy consumption. We have to calculate the results we will draw when we consider the country in general, the whole continent and even the world. This is a very important consumption. So when you leave your workspace at home or office to return after Christmas, unplug your devices. In this way, you both save money and contribute to nature.