Obsessed with Technology

Energy usage has always been important to me, growing up in a large
family has made me conscious of everything I do which uses energy. I
grew up in the middle of nowhere and I remember frequent power cuts
with a seemingly endless supply of candles, being told to put on
another jumper if I was cold (and the fire wasn’t on) and also being
ferried around in a blue mini-bus. On reflection the transport was
probably expensive, when the minibus died several Volvo cars followed
which inevitably resulted in multiple trips to get all of us to where
we were going (not very efficient).

Moving away from home meant sharing energy with others and highlighted
the differences in how we used energy. Getting the bills was a shock,
especially when I worked out what it meant in real terms and knowing
how little I had used but still having to split it equally. The result
of that meant I thought it would be more cost-effective to live with a
sibling instead! As I now lived in a city getting a bus or walking
were viable options. I didn’t see the need to learn how to drive as
other options were available which ultimately would also be cheaper.

Though I was already conscious of energy, working for an electrical
retailer really opened my eyes to how wasteful people are and how
materialistic society is. Every morning all the TVs, computers,
laptops, sound systems, radios and demo items had to be turned on. All
the cameras and camcorders had to be charged, essentially everything
that could be turned on was turned on. Of course people need to see
something working and envisage how it will fit into their life and
their home but the amount of energy wasted – especially on days when
snow hit or in the height of summer when people embraced the outdoors
– meant business was slow to non-existent. All the energy used that
day was wasted.

I do really love technology and am always using a device of some sort
be it my computer, laptop, smartphone or games console. Having one of
these devices on all day does bother me at times however I reassure
myself that I use very little energy compared to others as I walk to
work, rarely fly anywhere and minimise my heating. Since moving to
Wales I enjoy living alone and knowing there wont be a nasty shock
when the bills come round.

Elspeth Spence, Wales

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Moving away from home meant sharing energy with others and highlighted
the differences in how we used energy. Getting the bills was a shock,
especially when I worked out what it meant in real terms and knowing
how little I had used but still having to split it equally.