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Say bye bye to standby

Stan becomes a carbon cop

While I love my Stan, he is starting to get my goat. He's gotten himself a uniform and has worn it every single day for the last month.  Mind you, I've always like a man in uniform but he really is beginning to smell a bit too manly even for me.  Great for the planet as we've had less clothes to wash, but not so good on the nose.  Stan has now officially become a 'carbon cop'.  What this entails so far is that every single appliance in our house (and the neighbours on the right AND the left) is now labelled with how much energy is used when the standby power is left on.   Tomorrow it's the neighbours turn across the road to get labelled. 

Anyway, you'll find some of the results of Stan's special winter carbon investigations in this month's newsletter, as well as other interesting news! 

Smart switching!
Ellie (Electra) and Stan.

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Stan's standby winter warnings

Hi everyone.  Stan here.  Ellie usually writes all of our messages, but in my new role as Carbon Cop on Green Street, I thought it was about time I performed my civil duties.  Right then, let's begin.  Ahem.  We're all starting to get the hang of turning off our appliances and equipment that use standby energy.  BUT let's have a look at the worst offenders just so that we know exactly what to look out for.  The average standby wattage MO (modus operandi for you that don't know cop talk) of appliances that we use in winter are:

Espresso coffee machines:        up to 57 watts (average active standby)
Reverse cycle air conditioners:  up to 50 watts (residual standby)
Gas space heaters:                    up to 5.7 watts (passive standby mode)
Breadmakers:                             up to 1.7 watts (average active standby)

Source:  www.energyrating.gov.au and www.energymatters.com.au

More electricity price rise news

The latest predictions of electricity prices are that they are to rise 30% by 2013.   Various states will see the following prices rises on July 1, 2011 (less than 2 weeks away):

- NSW: 17.3%
- Tasmania: 11%
- ACT: 6.4%

Time to purchase some EcoSwitches!

Most creative uses for the EcoSwitch as mentioned by YOU

In one of our previous newsletters, we asked you for your most creative thoughts on how you use your EcoSwitches.  Here are some of the best (who received some EcoSwitches for their efforts):

“I can’t wait to use an EcoSwitch to turn off my wife’s electric blanket once she has fallen asleep. I currently get out of bed and freeze or stay in bed and bake.” … Jason

“Living in a house with many windows, practically every bit of wall space has furniture in front and yes, blocks access to the power points. I have been using a “pick up stick / arm extender” gadget for many of the points used to switch on/off but now by using your new product I will be preventing further accidental dints and scrapes on the wall caused by the poking with the stick. My priority will be 2 EcoSwitches behind my sewing machine unit / media centre.” … Heather

“The best use I can think of is to keep it next attach it to a wireless router in my bed room, that way when I go to bed I can click the switch on my bedside table and turn off the router so this kids cannot surf the net when they should be sleeping.” … Gareth

“As well as the normal usage to reduce standby power, I would like one so that the power switch is above the height my young son (5yo)  can reach. This will make the Nintendo Wii inaccessible at 3am when he has woken up and being bored decides to wander into the lounge room and amuse himself waking us up in the process. This is an all too frequent event in our house.” … Dale

EcoSwitch is part of the 10% Challenge!

EcoSwitch is featured as one of '10 Top Ways to Slash Bills'  in the 10% Challenge campaign, a campaign that challenges Australian households and businesses to save energy and the environment. Sign up for the 10% Challenge. 

How EcoSwitch performed in the Smart100

As a result of your votes, EcoSwitch came 27th in the Anthill Smart100 awards!  For more information, click here.

EcoSwitch EOFYS

What on EARTH is an EOFYS?  Sounds like a Welsh swear word doesn't it? Well, here at EcoSwitch, EOFYS is a celebration of cutting out standby energy in your home and business.  To celebrate the EOFY (End of Financial Year), we are having a S (Sale).  Going beyond the EOFYS until July 30th, if you purchase 3 or more EcoSwitches online, you will receive 20% off the purchase price!  Simply input the code EOFYS when you reach the checkout at www.ecoswitch.com.au.

Until next time – Smart Switching!
Ellie and Stan.

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