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Get Started with Going "Green"

The easiest and most common sense way of going green is by saving energy. Obviously, all of our computing equipment requires energy. So, what can you do to minimize our energy consumption?

POWER off your PC (Whenever possible…)

The best tool you've got in your pursuit to conserve energy is the power button. Power off your PC at night and when it's not in use. Use powerstrips instead of wall outlets and simply switch off the power strips before you leave for the day.

TURN off peripherals

Whenever possible, power down or unplug idle computer peripherals like monitors, scanners, printers and speakers, when you are going to be away from your desk for an extended period of time during work hours. Don’t be fooled by screensavers as they are not energy savers and continue to use the monitor at full power.

GO paperless when feasible

Make it a habit to think before you print: could this be read or stored online instead? Make it a policy to post manuals and similar materials online, rather than distribute print copies. They're easier to update that way too.

From a technology standpoint, the above items can be seen as steps that can be done in our own lives to help out. It’s easy and, in our own personal ways, it is a way to help take responsibility for an important issue. While you’re at it, you’ll likely save some money.

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Last Updated: 6/18/13