While year after year the use of landline telephones is decreasing, over 70% of American households still have dedicated home phones (yes, I happen to be one of them… it’s a “comfort necessity” for me because of having little kids and the need to know I have a ringing phone available even if I forget to charge my cell and knowing I can call “home” if I’m away!).
If you have a landline chances are you also have an answering machine or voicemail associated with that phone (how could you not?). Well did you also know that choosing the latter is incredibly green? Answering machines consume energy 365 days a year and when they stop working, they become hazardous electronic waste that gets added to your local landfill.
If every U.S. household switched to voicemail instead, the annual energy savings would be approximately TWO BILLION kilowatt-hours. The reduced pollution resulting from this reduced energy consumption would be the equivalent of removing 250,000 cars from the road!
See… just another little testimonial for the “little daily life things”! Simple.