I have long been a computer junkie. An addict of the connectivity highway. Technology instantly at my fingertips. I know it, I acknowledge, I accept it. But all this talk of energy-saving got me rethinking my perspective.
With a little help from my favorite IT guy, I set my work computer to adhere to some energy saving features for the Mac, including sleep mode when I’m away from my desk. What was especially cool was the start up/shut down scheduling feature as I do not like waiting for a computer to boot up.
At home, I have a PC. Slightly different energy saving features going on over here but I applied what I could. I’m also going to make more of an effort to turn off some of my computer peripherals, such as my external hard drive, speakers and USB port. This will be a little harder to do since I often stay up late and get too tired to think consciously by the time I head to bed. But I will try.
Check out Apple’s Energy Usage Calculator to see the impact of making a few system settings changes. For a few more tips on making your PC more green, check out Lighter Footstep’s 5 Ways To Put Your PC On An Energy Diet article.