27 Aug '11, 6pm

Is a new laptop on your back-to-school shopping list? Here are ten of the most energy-efficient options: #energy #green

Is a new laptop on your back-to-school shopping list? Here are ten of the most energy-efficient options: #energy #green

Most importantly, make sure you have turned on the power management features of your computer. This means setting your computer to "sleep mode" after 5-10 minutes of inactivity. Colorful screensavers also suck energy, so remember to turn yours off. You should set your computer to "hibernate" after 20 or 30 minutes of inactivity, which is even more energy-efficient. Given today's advanced operating systems, your computer should wake up from both of these modes very quickly. While you should always turn your computer off when it's not in use, it's common to forget to also turn off extra devices including speakers, printers and backup drives. To make this easier, plug all of your devices in to a power strip to turn everything off at once with the flick of a switch, saving you time and money.

Full article: http://www.nrdc.org/living/energy/laptops.asp

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