A while ago – maybe around when the Prius first appeared? – there was a lot of talk about the hypermilers. You know, the folks who would coast down the hill to their garage and draft 6″ off 18-wheelers in an effort to eke out the very best possible mpg in their car? I know it is a cultural phenomenon, because it has a Wikipedia entry! There are also YouTube videos, Wired articles, and Instructables. Clearly, this has caught people’s fancy – probably because paying for gas sucks, especially now. Saving energy and money – in your car – has become just a little bit cool.
So where are the hyperwatters, the folks who eke every bit of utility out of every watt-hour? Where are the forums, the Wired articles, the … words of the year for the electrical efficiency freaks?
Even if the word isn’t in our language yet, I’m pretty sure you may be a hyperwatter if you:
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- Read your electric bill each month – and look forward to it!
- Know how much energy your doorbell uses
- Replaced your electric coffee grinder with a hand grinder? [amzn]
- Replaced your CFLs (which were in every socket) with LEDs
- Own a Kill A Watt[amzn]
- Know that turning the gigabit ethernet card in your computer down to 100 megabits can save up to 2 watts, or up to 20kWh/year
- Delay laundry until the sun is shining
So – are you out there? Are you with me? Have you gone to any extremes to shave that last kWh off your bill? Will it take electricity at $1/kWh for “hyperwatter” to become the 2014 word of the year?