technoNix eco-compute: Simple Tips to save your PC Power-2


Also see: technoNix eco-compute: REALLY SIMPLE TIPS TO SAVE YOUR PC POWER-1

The amount of energy your computer consumes everyday, not only affects your electricity bills but it is also responsible for the carbon footprints that you leave and hence the total set of GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions caused directly and indirectly by you. Turning to a few changes in habits and system settings can save you money and the environment.

7-10 grams of CO2: Your Carbon footprint every time you conduct a search on Google
Simply running a PC generates between 40g and 80g of CO2 per hour
Putting your computer and computer monitor in sleep mode uses 80% less electricity than leaving it on.

Tips for what to do about it:

>>Down the Hard drive: Set your computer to put your hard drive to sleep when it’s not in use. This will extend the life of your drive as well as save energy. The sleep settings can be used to decide how long the disk(s) should be idle before they are “put to sleep”.

>>Put down the Energy Mongers: Even when your cell phone isn’t charging, that big plug it uses is warm – because it’s using energy even when it’s doing nothing. Physically unplug chargers from the wall to keep them from silently sucking down wattage while you’re not using them

>>Finish-off the unecessary processes: Is your computer constantly scanning for Bluetooth devices or wifi networks when there isn’t one in sight or you’re plugged into the network? Audit your constantly running programs – and the ones that start up automatically – and shut down any you don’t absolutely need.

>> Use Power Switches: Energy-saving “smart” power switches can cut off juice to everything plugged into it – like your computer peripherals – when your machine is shut down.

>> Virtualization is Good: Dual-boot or virtualize your operating systems on a single computer to reduce the number of humming boxes under your desk.

Take care of your PCs. 😉

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