Saving energy... and your social life

By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, March 25, 2009 At 8:31 PM

Obviously this article about companies leaving PCs on overnight was written with big businesses in mind, but it's a valid point for home offices, too. Turning off computers and other electronics at the end of your work day saves minute amounts of electricity, but it does add up.

Of course, turning off these things at the end of your work day also has another benefit: It ends your work day. With the computer running in the next room, it's awfully tempting to check email, respond to clients, or even (gah) continue working.

Yes, I'm guilty of all of this. Guilty, guilty, guilty! Of course, it's not as bad as it sounds, considering I do like my work. But still, I think my husband, horse, pets, and friends would probably appreciate it if I tried to save some energy — and my social life — by shutting off my computer in the evenings.

What about you? Do you shut off your computer at the end of your work day and refuse to look at it a moment longer? Or do you allow yourself to be drawn back in, even after you have supposedly stopped working for the day?


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Blogger Kathy@TheFlawlessWord Says:  

My computer gets turned off every day, but usually not until 11:00 at night or later. So yes, I get sucked back in a LOT. I too have thought about how much more I could accomplish and enjoy if I turned it off sooner. Maybe it's time I gave that notion a whirl myself.

Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

That sounds like me -- I turn my computer off before I go to bed most nights, but it stays on until then!

The problem is, my work computer is also sometimes my play computer, so I often leave it on for that reason. Though in reality, that's a poor excuse because I don't do THAT much playing online anymore -- the vast majority of my online forays are work-related.


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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