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Energy Saving Tips For Computers

There has been increased interest lately in ways to save energy in the computer labs and on your desktops. Here are a few tips we have found useful. If you have any other ideas please submit them to the helpdesk.

  • Your monitor: Screen savers save neither your screen nor energy. If you are going to be away from your computer for thirty minutes or more, turn your monitor off if you have not set it up to go to sleep automatically. The monitor is the single most energy-consuming component of your computer system. Do you have an iMac? Don't worry. You can go to the Apple menu and select "Sleep."
  • Your computer: Unless you have shared files that need to be available at all hours you should turn your computer off when you go home at night.
  • Your printer: Most laser printers on campus will go into a power saving mode during periods of unuse, but you can power down inkjets and older laser printers at night or if you are going to be away from your desk for an extended period of time.

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