Northwestern’s Information Technology department offers several helpful tips and tools to reduce energy usage when utilizing electronics. There are a couple featured below:
- Configure energy saving settings for your computer
- Turn off your monitor when not in use
- Do not use screen savers
- Enable power-saving functions
- Putting your computer in standby or hibernate mode can save $25 to $75 per year
- Turn off electronics like speakers, printers, fax machines, and scanners when not in use
- Use LCD screens
- Only print when necessary
- Print double-sided
- Print in black and white or greyscale
- Reduce your margins to one inch or below
- Be sure to use Print Preview so you don’t waste pages
- Scan and email information instead of faxing
- Try to use soy inks rather than ones with harsh chemicals
- Green Technology at NU: Learn how to better manage energy and printing usage.
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- Power Management Statistics: To know that you're reducing your power consumption, you need to know how much you're consuming- find out on this webpage.