Home Computing going Green
By Cathy Margolin,
Want to save money and go green at the same time? You
need to determine what your power usage is. I used a product called
Kill-A-Watt to measure how much energy each item uses. It is a brick like
device, and if your cables are like mine (somewhat like spaghetti), you might
want to add an extension cord to be able to see the information on the
Kill-A-Watt. I added a foot extension cord (usually used to add a large
“brick-like” plug to your surge suppressor when you only have a normal plug
socket available). This enabled me to see it without lying down on the floor
as I plug it into different items.
Have an External Modem as a backup to your cable
company(in my case about 2x a month)? Turn it off until you need it
Always have your chargers attached to the power outlet
and pulling power? Get a surge protector, organize them (even put twist ties
around the cords to manage the clutter) and turn the surge protector off when
not in use. There are green surge protectors such as by Belkin which turn off
by themselves when not needed/being used.
CRT vs LCD?
Replace your old CRT’s with either a laptop or a LCD
screen- as it used quite a bit less power.
Keep your TV and cable box on standby all the time? Maybe
put it on a surge protector with a remote turn off. I turn ours off when we
go on vacation also.
If you build a new computer, be careful in selecting
power supplies= go green.
Turn off lights when not in the room. Change to Compact
Florescent Lights (CFL) lights if possible. Add a motion sensor to a light
switch (Levitron) , especially if you have a spouse who cannot remember to
turn off lights. Even use solar LED lights outside t0 light up your yard. In
the last year, I have noticed a marked improvement in solar lights and also
with the newer CFL bulbs.