6 Tips for Making Your Computer More Environmentally Friendly

6 Tips for Making Your Computer More Environmentally Friendly

Your computer and its many components use a lot of electricity, even when you aren’t sending emails, surfing the web or catching up on work outside the office. “Greening” your computer by taking these 6 steps is a good start to lowering your household energy use and reducing your environmental impact.

Set the sleep mode

Go into the control panel of your computer’s operating system and select sleep mode. This makes the screen go blank after you don’t type or move the cursor for an amount of time that you specify.

Go into standby

Standby mode shuts down the hard drive after a long period of inactivity. As with sleep mode, you can pick the time after which the computer goes into standby.

computer screenDim the screen

Your computer screen rarely needs to be on its highest brightness setting. Dimming the screen just a few notches lets you read, view pictures and watch videos as well as ever without using too much electricity.

Switch off screensavers

Screensavers use just as much energy as word processing screens or web browser tabs. If you aren’t using your computer, its screen doesn’t need to display any images.

Unplug unused accessories

Disconnect speakers, the printer, the scanner and any external hard drives when you’re not using those accessories. They continue to draw electricity when switched off but plugged in. Alternately, plug everything into a power strip with its own on/off switch so you can power down the computer and all its accessories at the same time.

printerPrint on recycled paper

Whether you print reams of documents every day or only use your printer sparingly, using recycled printer paper saves trees.


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