Personal computers represent one of the largest electrical loads on campus. Here are some tips to help save energy:
- Turn off your computer at night, over weekends and when you are not using it for several hours. Turning your equipment on and off will not harm it.
- After shutting down your computer, be sure to turn off all the associated devices (monitor, speakers, and any other devices) by turning off the surge protector so that all devices are off.
- Wait until you are ready to use your computer before you turn it on.
- Enable the Power Management feature for your monitor, and turn off your monitor when you are not using your computer for 15 minutes or longer. Enabling Power Management:
- Try to plan your computer-related activities so you can do them all at once, keeping the computer off at other times.
- Do not turn on the printer until you are ready to print. Printers consume energy even while they are idling.
- Do not print out copies of documents and email unless necessary.
- Review your document on the screen instead of printing a draft.
About Screen Savers... they don't save money. Often including complex images and graphics, screen savers generally do not save energy. Screen savers were originally developed to prevent the permanent etching of a pattern on older monochrome monitors. Screen savers would prevent this by either blanking out the screen entirely or by displaying a constantly moving image. Modern display screens do not suffer so much from this problem so screen savers are mostly used for entertainment. Enable the Power Management feature for your monitor: Windows 2000/XP, Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X.