Eco-Tip of the Week: Energy Saving Tips

The average American spends over 8 hours a day looking at screens on various electronic devices. From the office, to the store, to our homes, electronic devices are everywhere, and we use them constantly.

Now, we have already discussed  the mountains of e-waste that accumulate from these electronics and how devastatingly toxic they are to the health of ecosystems and people .  Of course it’s vital to dispose of electronic devices responsibly when they’re no longer useful.  But before they reach that point, there is a lot we can do to make our practices more eco-friendly.  Case in point:  reducing the amount of energy our thirsty gadgets use.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of helpful energy saving tips, when using electronics in your home or office.  They’ll put you in control of your energy usage and your bills:

1.  Enable the energy saving settings on your computer and peripherals:  Find these settings in the Power Options menu in your computer’s control panel.  An idle computer used 20 to 50 times the power of a computer in standby mode.  Energy Star estimates that power management can save up to $75 per desktop computer and monitor each year.

2.  Reduce the time delay before your equipment reverts to a power saving mode.  This can also be set in the Power Options menu in your computer’s Control Panel.

3.  When this equipment is not in use for extended periods, turn off the switch on the power strip to prevent them from drawing power even when shut off. If you don’t use a power strip, unplug extra equipment when it’s not in use.

For more tips on how to save energy when using electronics, click here.

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  1. Posted May 17, 2010 at 6:36 am | Permalink

    We know that consumers are becoming more interested and engaged in their electricity consumption. It’s a big budget line item and for a long time we have just accepted and paid it each and every month. We really see consumers getting much more interested in becoming more active in managing electricity consumption and taking steps to drive it down. $’s and cents are the primary motivator but there is also a great deal of satisfaction taken for doing the right thing and making a difference.

    What we know definitively is access to better information – real time information can make a huge difference in reducing electricity consumption. There are many academic, utility sponsored and manufacturer sponsored research studies and the general conclusion is just better information alone can reduce consumption by 5-15%. For a family spending $100 – $250 per month on electricity that’s a big deal. The aggregated potential impact from millions of homes reducing their consumption by 5-15% is huge for the economy and the environment.

    There are proven energy monitoring options on the market today. For as little as $100 families can gain access to this real time information today and begin to take control of this important issue and important monthly budget item.

  2. Posted October 13, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    Just to add a tidbit to help people choose more Eco friendly monitors, make sure you get an LED monitor. They are much more energy efficient and last a very long time.

    Also, laptops nowadays come with LED screens, so make sure you consider that as they also improve your battery life.