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Energy Efficient Computers

What do you tend to shop for when buying a new computer?  Speed, power, screen size?  That’s normal but what about how energy efficient it is?  Consider this: if all computers sold in the U.S. met ENERGY STAR requirements, energy savings would grow to $1.8 billion each year, reducing greenhouse gas emissions equal to those from more than 2 million cars.  Wow!

So, as you can guess, you’re going to get the most bang for your buck with an ENERGY STAR rated computer.  An ENERGY STAR rated computer uses between 30 to 65 percent less energy, depending on how it’s used.  ENERGY STAR rates different types of computers in the following categories:

  • Desktops, Integrated Computers
  • Notebooks and Tablets
  • Workstations
  • Small-scale servers
  • Thin Clients

Even when you purchase an ENERGY STAR rated computer, you have to ensure that the power management settings they recommend are enabled (they won’t always be the default settings).  Here are some key points:

  • Don’t leave the computer on around the clock.  It increases energy bills and can cause dust buildup, which can lead to a power surge.
  • Screensavers don’t save energy.  In fact, it draws power and keeps the unit from shutting down.
  • Many popular computer games will not allow the computer to go to sleep if left running in the background.

ENERGY STAR estimates that utilizing the power management settings can save you up to $50 each year on your electricity bills.  To find out more about ENERGY STAR, how they rate their products, and to calculate your savings, click on the source link below.

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