printech, December, 2003
Energy Efficiency Tips: Computers and Other Office Equipment

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From: Gary Jones ( )
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2003 21:54:56

FYI - From Environmental Protection eNews at and California Energy Commission.

Energy efficiency tips: Computers and other office equipment

Cutting back on unnecessary energy use keeps hard-earned money in your pocket and protects the environment as well. The California Energy Commission offers these energy efficiency ideas for businesses, some of which can be put to use immediately and others that are good investments to consider when you are ready to replace equipment or do some remodeling.

• Turn off your computers and any other office equipment when you're not using them, especially overnight and on weekends. This practice costs nothing and can potentially save as much as $44 per year, per computer, depending on what you pay per kilowatt-hour. "Smart" power strips are being marketed that sense the presence or absence of office workers and turn the attached equipment on and off accordingly.

• As computer protection during a power curtailment, your company might invest in "uninterruptible power supplies" (also known as UPS), which combine surge protectors and battery packs. These will run a computer for a short time and prevent the loss of information when the power goes out.

• To be as energy efficient as possible, only buy office equipment that displays the ENERGY STAR logo.

• Choose settings that automatically switch the computer monitor into sleep or "power-down" mode when it hasn't been worked on for a preset amount of time. Shorten the delay time before your monitor automatically goes into sleep mode.

• Consider having employees use laptop computers since they use up to 90 percent less energy than a standard computer.

• If it works for your business, consider ink-jet printers, which also use 90 percent less energy than laser printers.

• Purchase the proper-sized copier for your business needs.

• Choose the smallest computer monitor that will meet your needs. The bigger the monitor, the more energy it uses. For example, a 17-inch monitor consumes 35 percent more electricity than a 14-inch monitor.

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