Turn off your computer, monitor, printer, and speakers when not in use. Computers do not use large amounts of energy when starting up, nor do constant start-ups damage computer components.
Screensavers do not save energy. Turn off your monitor whenever you step away from your computer and when you turn your computer off.
Enable your computer’s energy-saving features.
Have you ever noticed that a charger or adapter is warm to the touch when it is plugged in, even when it is not charging anything? Many chargers draw at least one watt of electricity all the time. Unplug your charger when the device is not connected.
Unplug your home office when not in use. Standby power consumption - when electronics are turned off, but still plugged in, can account for 5 to 10 percent of a household’s electricity bill.
Need a new computer, printer, scanner or fax machine? Choose an ENERGY STAR® qualified model. ENERGY STAR qualified office and imaging products use as much as 60% less electricity than standard equipment.
Replace your desktop computer with a laptop. Laptops use up to 90 per cent less energy than a desktop computer. Laptops require only 15 watts of power, and have extensive power management features.
Plug your computer components into a power bar that can be shut off, to avoid wasting electricity with the standby power feature. Make sure the power bar provides surge protection.
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