My mother is constantly on the computer. She claims she is not; she likes to maintain that she is hard at work 10-2 every school day, and then switches off for “quality time” when we come home. But it doesn’t take much to see her heading back to the laptop: “I’ll just check that definition for you online…” she may suggest, before she is once again immersed in Facebook or Twitter.

Once it’s on, it’s on, and she is backwards and forwards to the screen in between making cups of tea and creating pasta variations for mine and the Bug’s tea. And you know what happens when Daddy gets home, don’t you? She’ll send him up to supervise the bath, muttering something about checking emails, posh crisps in one hand and glass of wine in the other.

The point is, whilst the computer is rarely off, it does get a lot of down-time as she attends to the minutiae of daily family life. With Earth Day taking place recently, energy company SSE have calculated that idle PC’s are wasting over 1 million tonnes of CO2 each year in the UK. They have asked us to test the EcoButton, a power-saving device that plugs into the USB port of the computer.

EcoButton Energy saving device for computers

Simple to use, one push of the button will shut down all functions that draw power on the computer, allowing it to run on much less energy than the normal stand-by mode. Even a screen-saver uses more energy than the EcoButton. And once our tea is on the table it’s just a question of pressing any key on the keyboard to wake up the laptop ready for action!

So she’s saving the world, and our piggy banks all at the same time. SSE think the EcoButton is such a sensible idea that they are giving away the devices to help everyone’s money go a little further, and reduce our carbon dioxide usage.

Disclosure: this is a sponsored post in association with SSE.

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