Green Computing: What It Is and Why Should You Do it?
Focus on the environment has become more pronounced over the years as the effects of irresponsible practices have been brought to light. Getting your company to switch to green computing can make your business more environmentally responsible, which comes along with a ton of benefits.
So, what is green computing?
Green computing is the environmentally friendly and responsible use of computers and their resources. This includes designing, engineering, using, and disposing of computing devices in a way that reduces their environmental trail they leave behind. The point is to reduce electric waste as well as use devices more efficiently.
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How Can your business do this?
- Buy energy efficient hardware
Many notebooks, workstations, and servers meet the EPA energy standards for lower power consumption, so look for systems that have better EPEAT ratings.
- Use power management technology and best practices
Modern operating systems that run on advanced configuration and power interface (ACPI), are enabled with power-saving features that allow you to configure monitors and hard disks to power down after a specified period of inactivity, they can also hibernate when they’re not being used.
- Reduce paper consumption
Simply switching from a paper-based workflow to an electronic workflow by creating, editing, viewing, and delivering documents through digital format rather than printing.
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- Use thin clients to reduce GPU power usage
Because most processing takes place on a server, thin clients use very little energy. Thin clients use less power while running than an Energy Star PC uses in “sleep mode”
- Use more efficient displays
It’s a good idea to use LCD monitor displays to save up to 70 percent in energy costs compared to old CRT monitor displays.
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- Recycle systems and supplies
You can repurpose old systems within the company by handing down those devices to people in the company who could use another system for things like spreadsheets, word processing, or other less innovative tasks.
- Encourage telecommuting
The best way to have a greener office, it to just have less office! Encourage workers to telecommute so you can reduce the amount of office space that would need to be heated and cooled, the number of computers on one site, and the number of miles driven to work by all of the employees every day.
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