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Going Green - 2010-04-07

The whole world is going green. Or at least we’re trying to. As consumers, we are constantly searching for the greenest products available, products that use recycled material, products that use less energy, and products that reduce our carbon emissions.
We look for green appliances, green vehicles, and green cleaning products. It’s time for our technology choices to turn green, too.

One way computer manufacturers are helping out is by reducing packaging, and using recycled content in that packaging. In an effort to reduce packaging, innovative new designs use less material and actually provide better protection for your PC during shipment.

But if you’re like most consumers, you are interested in the energy efficiency of the product during its lifetime. A new small form desktop PC and monitor uses about 193 kilowatts of energy per year, compared to previous desktops and CRT monitors manufactured only a few years ago that used 635 kWh. That’s more than a refrigerator!

So you’ve traded in your old PC for something newer, cooler, and greener. Your work isn’t done yet – you now have to consider your energy management. Here are a couple of tips to ensure you’re not flushing a whole bunch of electricity down the drain:

1. Did we mention UPGRADING your laptop or desktop? Remember, your computer from a couple of years ago is using more energy than a refrigerator!
2. Enable power management tools and check your settings. You can use Windows power management or proprietary power management software from your PC maker.
3. Use whisper mode: this maximizes the performance of the selected tasks while minimizing the impact on other applications.
4. Set the display to turn off after 5 minutes of inactivity.
5. Turn your desktop off at night. If you don’t, at least enable Suspend mode. Letting your equipment “go to sleep” will reduce your energy consumption significantly, but turning it off is the best way to be green.
6. An LCD screen is more efficient than other types of monitors. Turning the monitor’s brightness down will also increase PC efficiency.
7. Recycle your old PC. Look it up on the internet – there are usually several options for recycling, and some companies even offer incentives for recycling the old and purchasing newer, more energy efficient equipment.

Benson & Associates has a “Cash for Clunkers” rebate program that can give you up to $100 off your purchase of new equipment – give us a call at 1-877-247-1664 or e-mail us at for more information.