Go Green - September 2011
Using Computers Greenly
"Should you turn off your computer when you leave work at night?"
It depends. It is a myth that the power to turn on a computer or other electronics uses more power than leaving it on through the night. There is a real energy savings to turning off your computer at night, especially using a powerstrip to limit phantom energy drain. But, there is a productivity gain if you don't have to wait for the computer to start up. If you do choose to leave your computer on then set-up your power options to put it in standby and/or hibernate mode overnight to lower power consumption.
Use automatic settings to decrease energy consumption by setting your computer to go into standby mode then hibernate when not in use by using Properties (right click on screen) or use power options in the Control Panel. Your computer should be turned off for the weekend or for an extended period of time like a vacation.
Monitors use the most energy and should be set to turn off when not in use for an hour or more:
Other green computer tips:
***Be aware computers and other electronics should never go to a landfill due to the toxic metals they contain.
Easy Tip - Clean Your Coils
Refrigerators are major energy users. You can make your fridge more energy efficient by cleaning condenser coils located underneath or in back of the appliance. First, unplug the fridge and then locate the coils. Vacuum or brush the dust off of the coils.
When you replace your refrigerator make sure you get one with a good Energy Star rating.
Link of the Month
The U.S. Department of Energy runs a site called Energy Savers. It has everything your need to get serious about saving energy: