Phil Ridge is just a guy who lives in Toronto with his family. In an op-ed in the Toronto Star he described how that ordinary family cut its electricity demand by 56% in one year.
These are some of the key steps Ridge took:
Purchase a energy monitor to measure and report electricity usage in real time.
Identify appliances that use energy even when switched "off," like stereos. Ridge eliminated nearly 1 kw of power by attacking his phantom load, and now plugs these electronics in only when they are actually in use.
Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. (They now come in every needed shape and size.)
Change habits, by turning off lights when leaving the room.
Turn off the computer, printer and Internet connection when not in use.
Turn off extra refrigerators and freezers when not in use. (The Ridge family only uses basement appliances during family gatherings and parties.)
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