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We are all looking for an environmentally conscience way to interact with our surroundings. There are a number of ways that you can become green at work.

Major electronic manufactures are all taking an initiative to produce low energy consumption electronics.  Intel and AMD are producing more efficient processors for servers and desktops that have significantly lower power consumption.  In a recent study of over 4000 PCs over a 4 year span, the energy consumption was reduced from $3,600,000 to $350,000.

New processors are more energy efficient, but what else can be done? LCD monitors; consumers and businesses like them because they look great and take up less desktop compared to the CRT counterpart.  Did you know that they also use a lot less power? According to the US Dept of Energy, a standard monitor energy consumption is listed at 150 watts awake / 30 watts asleep.  LCD monitor are listed as 30-65 watts awake / 4 watts asleep. 

Here are a few simple things you can do to help you and your company go a little green:

-Limit screen-saver use. A screen saver does not save energy. In fact, screen savers will draw power for the monitor, and keeps the CPU from shutting down.

-Use the Energy Star power-management features that allow you to program your computer to go into "sleep" mode after a certain time interval.

If you would like more information on anything in this letter, or help configuring any of these suggestions, please call our Helpdesk at 1-877-247-1664.