As part of our “Go Green at C@P“ campaign last summer, students were given the task making C@P Sites “Green” and encouraging C@P Users to do the same at home. One of the students had found statistics regarding computer usage and the dollar value saved if you turned your computer off each night( I don’t remember off hand what this figure is..and if I go looking for it I’ll be sidetracked once again – and this little note is already a sidetrack from my scheduled task).
Students were advised to shut down all the computers in the C@P sites at the end of each day to help reduce electrical costs for their site, and to do their bit for conservation. I must admit, I’ve been neglecting to ensure that this is done at my workplace and in my own home; but after reading an article in the Tech Soup Blog, I’m going to make a definite effort to make sure all computers are shut off at end of the day or when not in use. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Think how brightly a 100 watt bulb glowed in your home. An Energy Star–compliant computer in active mode consumes 9 percent more energy than that.Assuming that you shut down your computer for 16 hours a day (versus keeping it active 24-7), you could save $0.16 and 2.63 pounds of carbon dioxide per day, or 960 pounds per year. A car emits about 2,666 pounds of carbon dioxide per year, meaning that the energy you will save over the course of the computer’s life (3 years = 2,880 lbs) will equal a bit more than taking a car off the road for a year.