- Adjust your screen brightness. The brighter your screen, the more power it uses.
- Turn off your system completely at the end of the day (or if you will not be using it for at least 4 hours), instead of putting it in sleep mode.
- If you have a CRT screen, consider upgrading to an LCD screen, which uses about 1/3 of the power (and causes less eyestrain to boot).
- Forgo the screen saver. Most monitors no longer are in danger of having images burned into them, and screen savers actually use up monitor power.
- If you’ll be away from your computer or other devices for a long period of time (say, while on vacation), consider unplugging them completely.
- Look for the Energy Star certification when purchasing new computer systems or electronic devices.
- Enable any power-saving features on your computers, monitors, and peripherals such as printers.
Contact Michelle Lewis with any questions.