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Green IT

Northwestern’s Information Technology department offers several helpful tips and tools to reduce energy usage when utilizing electronics. A few are featured below:

Save Power

  • Configure energy saving settings for your computer computer server room
  • Turn off your monitor when not in use
  • Do not use screen savers
  • Enable power-saving functions
  • Put your computer in standby or hibernate mode to save $25 to $75 per year
  • Turn off electronics like speakers, printers, fax machines, and scanners when not in use
  • Use LCD screens

Print Green

  • 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

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