And no, it’s not a bunch of well-meaning hippies who have put this together – it’s actually supported by a big line up both from business and charity, including Christian Aid, Greenpeace, Tesco, NPower, the National Trust, Scottish Power and Eon.
E-day’s organisers say we should do little things like turn off lights in rooms that are being unused, not leave TVs or printers on standby and stop leaving our mobiles to charge all night long. I have to admit that I’ve got quite vigilant in turning off the telly and printer when I’m not using them, but I do frequently forget and leave my mobile charging all night and my laptop on sleep mode because it’s really slow to get connected to the internet when I turn it on. Very naughty.
And according to USwitch.com, it’s not just me but 9m households in the UK who charge up gadgets overnight.
40 per cent of consumers – like me – leave pcs and laptops on standby all the time, while half of us charge our 22m mobiles every day because we’re terrified they might go dead and cut us off from our social network. Craziness! Just a few years ago I can remember swearing I’d never get one! And until I introduced DJ to the digital world by presenting him with my old phone and a pay-as-you-go account five years ago (yes…it’s true, I wanted to keep my beady eye on him!) he was still ringing people up using a payphone in the street! Now look at us both doing our bit to ruin the planet…Oh dear…Something needs to change.
It might not seem like much, but I am going to try and do my bit for E-Day by letting my phone go dead and turning off my laptop. Who knows, maybe I’ll even have a conversation with DJ instead of spending the evening staring at the box or surfing the web, and save money on our electricity bills while we’re at it.
Will you be taking part in E-Day? Do you think it will make any difference to climate change or your pocket?