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Would the last one out please turn off the lights?
So, E-day would appear to have been a complete failure. At lunchtime actual usage was up by about 10%; things seem to have settled since then, and the weather is apparently to blame.

No, I think people are to blame.

uitlander and I discussed the mores of some of our co-workers, who complain if they come in to the kitchen when you are boiling the kettle with just enough water. Of course, if they want a drink too, it is no longer enough, but most of the time that doesn't happen, and people at work waste a lot of energy that way. Then there's the people who leave their PCs on 24x7, even though they're only at work for eight hours a day. I admit I used to fall into this category, having been told that turning electronic and mechanical devices on and off puts them under additional strain and increases the risk of failure, but haven't for some years. After all, if a PC will last 4 years it's likely outlived its shelf-life at work, simply due to "progress". (Of course, the continuous cycle of equipment provides another set of issues.) Add the plethora of gadget- and petrol-heads at work, and we're big energy spenders. If you buy the "right" to pollute, our CEO will certainly do just that.

Once upon a time, things used to be expensive, and we would conserve them, making do and mending. Now, so much is imported cheaply from China. Our politicians play to the consumptive element of human nature; after all, no-one wants to be told they're doing wrong, and the economy stays afloat by our "right" to bloated expectations, for many people funded by dubiously affordable credit.

I do happen to think E-day wasn't a particularly good idea, mainly because I think we need to get serious about the environmental damage we do, in all ways. I'm convinced most of what we need to put right involves fixing our wastefulness (it was amusingly ironic to read one comment on the BBC site reflecting on the amount of street and building lighting visible - from a reader flying from Glasgow to London). Some of it may involve a change in attitudes and lifestyles; unfortunately both carrot and stick are invisible at present.

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uitlander From: uitlander Date: February 28th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC) (Link)
Personally, I'd particularly like to see the company do its bit for energy saving by turning the sodding air conditioning off in the winter. whilst I generally fall into the 'if you're cold put another jumper on' brigade. I would like to sit comfortably at my desk without wearing at least 3 layers of fleece each day.
qatsi From: qatsi Date: February 28th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your line manager was on the prowl today because one of the thermostats was set at 25°C. I have one on the wall by me (which our Finance/HR department has repeatedly informed me over the years is inactive) is set at 19°C, which is a bit colder than I would choose.
uitlander From: uitlander Date: February 28th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I may have set the one in the ex-CEO's office to 'heat' to a temperature of 20°C a few days ago, after discovering that it was set to 'chill' with a target temperature of 14°C. I believe that one is functional, and was also set below the legal minimum for an office. I am fed up of spending ~8 hours a day shivering.
thegreenman From: thegreenman Date: February 28th, 2008 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I used to care but find myself caring less recently. We are seriously green these days, but do it because we don't want to be part of the problem, not because we seriously believe our actions have any effect on others.

People basically don't really care about the environment as far as I can see. They do cosmetic things that make them feel less guilty about the whole thing but can't or won't make the true lifestyle change actually required to seriously reduce their carbon footprint.

You can see it all around you. People buying low energy light bulbs and then enthusing to their friends about the next excursion planned on EasyJet before driving home (alone) in the 4x4 to watch Top Gear on the telly.

No-one really gives a stuff. The penny hasn't dropped despite the warning signs are building up all around them.

qatsi From: qatsi Date: February 28th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately I agree. I consider myself restrained compared to my peer group, but a calculator in The Independent a few months back considered me to be no better than average. One reason for wanting to move back into the town in the next year or two is to be within range of viable public transport options, as they are non-existent out here.
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