Professor Laura Dendinger, in the Business and Economics Department, says she teaches her students on the Wayne campus to understand the importance of unplugging things like cell phone chargers and other electronics.
“It seems like such a simple thing that a person would just automatically do it because it saves money and because it’s safer for your electronics,” Dendinger says. “I think a lot of people leave their devices or chargers plugged in.”
Dendinger says her students have followed the money trail as they unplug to save energy.
“If the average household spends $1,900 a year, between 5 and 10% of that electricity is drained by devices plugged in 24-7, so, $190 on average per household, per year,” she says. “Leaving your laptop plugged in all day could cost 21-cents a day or $75 a year and in a household, there could be four or five laptops.”
Dendinger hopes her students take the lesson with them after they graduate.
“Energy is a resource and one way that a company can make more money is to conserve on using that resource,” she says. “I want them to tap into the recycling efforts around them and be leaders in that when they go out to work in the business field.”
Dendinger says she hopes her students stay unplugged through the end of the school year — and well beyond.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton