It's hardly news that personal computing has grown wildly in the past decade. So much so that some of us (myself included) can barely remember what life was like before e-mail, instant messaging, 24 hour internet news, telecommuting and viral videos of sneezing pandas and laughing infants. This technology has done wonders in keeping us more connected, informed, and entertained, but these conveniences come at a cost. Energy consumption associated with personal computing has skyrocketed, and trading in your older computer for the latest technology can have environmental consequences if not handled correctly.
Not to worry. Today is Earth Day, and in the spirit of the holiday, we are happy to present you with a few tips that will help make your computer usage greener and more energy efficient.
Each one of these steps can do wonders to reduce your energy consumption and CO2 emissions associated with personal computing, but if done in concert with each other, the results are staggering. The beauty of these tips and the more general recommendations from me reducing energy consumption is that greening your lifestyle needn't require huge changes or a lot of money to have a noticeable effect on your community and pocketbook.
If you want to think green for more than just one day a year, I invite you to join the ReGeneration. To do so, look for this image on the right hand section of the ReGeneration.org site. Clicking on the image below will take you to the main page:
This Earth Day, let's all make an effort to make these simple adjustments to our daily PC usage. The tasks are so simple, but the stakes are high.
Happy Earth Day!
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Lately Dell has been showing a green face to the public. But is it all just marketing? Why is Dell still shipping thumbdrives in massive boxes?
Nice try Dell. Please address your irresponsible shipping behavior preaching to us about being green...
human concerned: We saw the both the Consumerist posts and the Gizmodo post you referenced and are indeed looking into both of them. Thanks for the heads up.
Dear Todd Dwyer,
Your article is itself a proof that how much you are concern for the earth. Really, it's nice to read all 5 Steps to a Greener PC like stand by mode of monitor, flat monitor,recycle print page,reuse of paper,planting a tree all these are very useful features to protect our earth. It may be look like very small effort but if we all can apply it then we will make better the earth and even more beautiful. As we know "One is the mother of ten thousand".
I will also support you by applying these or even more feature to save our beautiful earth.
Vaibhav Pandeyhttp://www.vcarecallcenter.comIndia’s one and only end to end CISCO based IP network.