Computers are a common feature in Canadian homes today – but convenience comes at a cost.
Whether members of your household use a computer to work at home, bank and shop on-line, surf the Web or stay in touch with family and friends, this piece of equipment probably gets used every day.
ENERGY STAR qualified computers will help you save even more energy and money, thanks to a new ENERGY STAR specification that includes strict energy efficiency requirements in active mode, as well as in sleep mode.
Unfortunately, computers can use a lot of power. One way to minimize their impact on your electricity bill is to choose a computer system and other home office equipment that carry the ENERGY STAR symbol.
ENERGY STAR qualified computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, copiers and other business machines automatically switch to sleep mode when they are turned on but have not been actively used for a pre-set period. Some of these products must have two sleep modes to qualify for ENERGY STAR.
An ENERGY STAR qualified computer in sleep mode uses only a fraction of the electricity used by a typical model without enabled power management features. Computers that operate in low-power mode much of the time not only save energy but also run cooler and last longer. So make sure these features are activated.
If you are not in the market for a completely new system, consider replacing just the monitor. An ENERGY STAR qualified LCD flat-panel monitor can be up to 20 percent more energy-efficient than conventional models.
Plug your home office equipment such as a computer, monitor, speakers, printer and scanner into a power bar that you can turn off easily when the equipment is not in use.
Are you buying a new computer? Consider a laptop. Laptops are designed to be more energy-efficient than desktops due to their size and portability. Laptops may seem to be more expensive, but remember, you are getting both a processing unit and a monitor, and you will save money on energy costs.