Energy conservation is a hot topic these days. I've read numerous stories about how we can actually take part in this conservation effort, such as using old vegetable oil to fuel your vehicle or converting manure into into gas or electricity. For people who don't like handling grease or poop, there's another way you can help, and that's by unplugging your cell phone when it's done charging. Check out the news story: "Your cell phone is charged. Please unplug."
According to the article, "The members of the task force, a project of the European Commission (EC), agreed to include alerts on the cell phones they make that will remind people to unplug their charger once a phone is fully charged. If 10 percent of the world's cell phone owners did this, the group's final report said, it would reduce energy consumption by an amount equivalent to that used by 60,000 European homes per year."
I am an advocate of cell phone "unplug" alerts, but not because I'm (solely) a good citizen who wants to do whatever I can to make the world a better place. Frankly, I'm kind of ticked off that my cell phone battery life dies a little bit when I keep it plugged in for too long - that is, past the point of being fully charged. The best time to plug in my cell phone is when I lie down to go to sleep. However, I sleep a lot longer than the time it takes to fully charge the battery! In fact, now that I think about it, an "unplug" alert would wake me up in the middle of the night! Is anyone else losing sleep over this issue?
Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.