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894 hits 3.5 (2 votes) Share Favorite | Flag 11 years ago by kips_log

Do you unplug your phone charger when you`re not using it?
You should if you don`t! You`ll save money in the long run on electricity bills.


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11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/13/08 - 12:10:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
No it's always plugged in
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 1/13/08 - 12:16:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, I think any money I'd save would be completely negligible.
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/14/08 - 5:09:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes, because I tend to charge my phone in different places.
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/21/08 - 12:57:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
I try to, but I end up moving it so I can talk while I charge it.
11 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/21/08 - 1:28:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. Gas and electric is included in my rent, so I don't care about unplugging it. Hell, even if it wasn't, I still wouldn't unplug the thing. And I rarely use it. I prefer the one in my car.
11 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 4/4/08 - 9:25:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Is it just the money factor? What about the environment?
11 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 4/7/08 - 11:47:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes. I generally charge my phone at work, actually.
11 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/23/08 - 8:00:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Mine remains plugged in.
11 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/23/08 - 8:03:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
No but I really should! Might go do that now, actually.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 5/29/08 - 1:24:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes... I keep it in my purse in case I need to charge it somewhere else. Like at work.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 5/29/08 - 3:33:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 4/4/08 - 9:25:12 PM julesjules16 wrote:
Is it just the money factor? What about the environment?


How is keeping a cell phone charger plugged in going to harm the environment?

As far as the money thing goes, assuming a 10 cents/KW-hour electrical cost and a 100 mA phone charger (which is what mine is rated at), leaving it plugged in 24/7 will cost approximately 3 cents per day or about $10.50 per year. The actual savings that could be realized would depend on how often and how long one's phone would need to be recharged, but would probably top out at around $10 per year.



10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 5/29/08 - 3:53:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've recently started unplugging mine.

CD, every little bit counts. I wouldn't notice $10 saved over the course of the year and I wouldn't notice such a tiny amount of wasted energy's effect on the environment, but if you cared about the environment like you do about money, you could probably calculate the same thing.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 5/29/08 - 3:57:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
yeah it does.
when i remember i unplug it but thats on very rare occasions.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 5/29/08 - 3:59:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 5/29/08 - 3:53:50 PM IRLIteach wrote:
I've recently started unplugging mine. CD, every little bit counts. I wouldn't notice $10 saved over the course of the year and I wouldn't notice such a tiny amount of wasted energy's effect on the environment, but if you cared about the environment like you do about money, you could probably calculate the same thing.


I wish someone could calculate the exact effect it has on the environment. I'm suspecting that it will be zero.

10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 5/29/08 - 4:08:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, what you mean is that you wish someone could calculate it *and* you wish it was zero because that way you could laugh at someone for caring about the environment.
Over the course of a year, $10 is so unnoticable as to be zero, too. I suspect that the environmental impact would be very tiny, which is indecipherable from zero, as well. So what? I avoid waste, even if whatever is saved is small or incalculable.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 5/29/08 - 4:30:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't laugh at people for caring about the environment. People should practice conservation and such. I do laugh at people that think that unplugging their cell phone charger is going to save the planet from global warming...

10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 5/29/08 - 4:34:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
For the most part I don't but anymore now days it is always unplugged if I am not using it.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 5/29/08 - 4:35:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Note that the story on the question claims that it will pay off monetarily--that was the main reason for running the numbers.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 5/29/08 - 4:42:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
I do try to unplug things that I do not use often... my cell charger, toaster, kettle included. I'm not saying it's going to save the environment or a significant amount of money, but I don't see the point in wasting for the sake of wasting.
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Thursday 5/29/08 - 4:46:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 5/29/08 - 4:30:20 PM CowDung wrote:
I don't laugh at people for caring about the environment. People should practice conservation and such. I do laugh at people that think that unplugging their cell phone charger is going to save the planet from global warming...

Fair enough. Would you laugh at people who could do either one just as easily but choose to do one that is at the very worst tied with the other for environmental friendliness?
10 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 6/18/08 - 10:13:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I usually just leave it plugged in.
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/1/08 - 1:50:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
I should, but I never remember to. So it's always plugged in, using unnecessary energy
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/1/08 - 2:06:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
You guys should never over charge your cell phone. It shortens the life of the battery.
10 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Monday 9/1/08 - 7:22:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. The socket that it needs to go in makes it a bitch to put in. So I just leave it there, unless I take it downstairs.



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