We are all aware of the basic energy saving tools like certain types of light bulbs, keeping sockets switched off and other tools. But many people overlook the one thing that can be a huge energy drain: our computers.Here are some easy steps so that you can become an eco-friendly computer user.
The computer screen uses a lot of energy; it accounts for roughly a third of the electrical usage of your entire computer.
Configure your monitor’s sleep feature to automatically power down when you’re away from the computer (look for “Power Options” in the Control Panel). This sleep mode still uses some energy, so if you’ll be away from your computer for a while, turn off the monitor.
What will also help with saving power will be to lower the brightness of the screen as the brighter your display, the more energy it uses. Some people have reported that a dimmer display reduces eye strain, showing other benefits to being an eco-friendly computer user.
Turn off your screensaver
Animated screensavers can consume as much energy as a monitor in use. They also waste CPU and memory power and heat up your PC, which in turn requires more fan power to keep it cool.
Turn off the screensaver. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), turning off the screensaver can save you from £16 to £49 a year on energy costs.
Use energy-saving modes
Another great way to become an eco-friendly computer user is to save time on the lengthy start-up process. With our technology centred lives a lot of us leave our computers powered on around-the-clock. If your PC start up process is slow, it could be because of lots of programmes starting up that you don’t really need.
Energy Saving Modes Make a Big Difference for a Eco-Friendly Computer User
Enabling standby or hibernate can also help. With standby mode the power to items such as your monitor and hard drive is cut.
When you come back to your PC, you’ll be up and running quickly, but your computer will be using more energy than the hibernate mode.
With hibernate mode, your PC is not using any power at all. Of the two this mode saves the most energy, but the time it takes for everything to power up will be a bit longer.
Keep your PC tuned
A tuned PC uses less electricity and performs much better than a non tuned PC. There’s free software around which can help you do it, as well as defragmentation software. These make sure settings are up to date as well as making sure that the computer is optimized for the best use.
If you’re looking to be the ultimate Eco-friendly computer user, buying green is the best way to do this. Research into the emissions of computers is readily available online. Manufacturers like Dell, HP, Acer, and others, now offer “green” models that use less energy, have more reusable and rechargeable components, or use recycled material.
A laptop might be better for the environment as well. A laptop can use up to 50% less electricity than a desktop machine because of energy-efficient features built in.
Contact us to learn about how you can recycle any old computers you may have lying around, as well as to find out more about the benefits of doing so.