Tips to Decrease your IT Carbon Footprint
Earth Day 2009 Reminder: Tips to Decrease your IT Carbon Footprint
Earth Day 2009 is an excellent reminder to us humans that we must tread lightly on Mother Earth. We are told to “recycle” and “reuse” however, there is much more we can do to decrease our “carbon footprints”. The staff at Orange County Computer® would like to wish you a Happy Earth Day and offer some Green IT Solutions.
When it is time to replace the hard drive in your desktop or laptop, ask to have your hard drive replaced with “Green Power” drives that are Energy Star compliant. Western Digital offers several options for consumers.
If you use a laptop primarily with the power cord, remove the battery from the system. This will increase the life of the battery and decrease your replacement time.
Turn off your computer monitors when you are away from your desk.
Plug home electronics into a power strip and turn the power strip off when the devices are not in use.
Switch your home page on your web browser from Google.com to Blackle.com, this is Google’s energy efficient browser that was launched in 2007 and saved 1,198,231.735 watt hours as of the time this was written.
Recycle your old computer hardware, monitors and broken televisions. Call California Recyclers in Laguna Niguel at (949) 364-9200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Recycle your ink and toner cartridges. Re-manufactured Laser Printer Cartridges and Re-filled Printer Cartridges are available at your local office supply store but for more personalized service, visit Bill Armstrong, the new Owner of Cartridge World in Lake Forest. Call (949) 206-1935 or go online to www.cartridgeworldusa.com
We trust this information will help you feel that you can help make a difference in preserving the environment. If your desktop/laptop hard drive is starting to show signs of failure, give us a call at (949) 699-6619 or bring in your system and ask to have the hard drive replaced with a Western Digital Green Power Drive.
Happy Earth Day from Orange County Computer®.