Make your computer ‘greener’?
Ninety percent of desktop computers are not optimized for energy efficiency. Setting the power management settings on your computer can help save more than 400 kilowatt-hours annually or between $40-$80 each year.
Here are some easy steps for PC users to get started:
- Go to the “start” menu and click on it
- Click on “control panel”
- Double click on “power management” or “power options”
- Where it says “power schemes,” choose “always on” from the drop-down list
- Below the “settings for always on power scheme” tab, look for two drop-down lists, labeled “turn off monitor” and “turn off hard disks,” respectively
- From each list select the amount of time you want your computer to wait before entering energy savings mode—between 2-15 minutes depending on your personal preferences
Apple users will simply go the Apple pull-down menu, select “system preferences” and then “energy saver.”
Sustainability tips are provided by Heather Farley, sustainability coordinator for the Office of Sustainability.
Send questions or comments to Heather.Farley@nau.edu. View more tips from the City of Flagstaff.