The thought of owning a vehicle that wastes gas is scary. After all, you’ll be paying a great deal of money in gas, as well as practicing everything that goes against green living. This is something that is certainly a focal point for the general public, and more so those that want to live green.
This also applies to purchasing a computer. There are some simple things to keep in mind that can help use energy much more efficiently. In fact, buying a laptop over a desktop will start you on the right track, as the former uses “much less energy” than the latter, according to Energy Savers.
Your Next Purchase
The U.S. Department of Energy is changing the way that we shop for household items. From major appliances to home office items, there is a simple way to start living green and save money.
For computers and a number of other items, you can look for ENERGY STAR-labeled items. For laptops, you can expect to save 30%-65% than those that aren’t highlighted in this manner. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Imagine paying half of what you normally would on fuel for your car. Is your current computer a “gas guzzler?”
Increase Your Computer-Based Energy Savings
Once you’ve made your purchase, you can ensure that your computer will run in optimal form – optimal energy form, of course. There is more to the situation than you might think.
Take, for instance, that green light on the AC adapter. When your computer is off, it stays on. Indeed, you see what we’re getting at – it’s still draining power. Instead of worrying about unplugging it each time you’re not using your computer, consider purchasing a smart power strip that will recognize standby mode (for other electronic items too).
Here are some other lightning-quick energy tips for your computer:
- Try to use lower power modes. Your system will run cooler, last longer, and less energy.
- Take it a step further – examine the power settings on your computer and monitor, if applicable. Perhaps you don’t need as much brightness, etc.
- Look for other products that are ENERGY STAR-labeled. Printers, scanners, and other office items can create a nice tandem of green devices.
The Green Transformation
This is one great example of a category where impressive progress can be made. Your home office may not be a widely-recognized place where energy savings comes into play, but it can reap considerable savings.
Don’t stop there. If you are just getting involved in saving energy and living green, consider the high caliber changes you can make in your home – such as in your major home appliances. Look at how you can analyze your home’s overall energy use and improve it.
Saving energy and money is contagious. It’s also very good for the environment. Stay away from the “gas guzzlers” in any sense of the term to start seeing overall return.