Green Computing reduces the environmental waste and electricity involved while using a computer. In becoming aware of the waste of materials such as paper and electricity, society has begun to take measures to counter this wasting.
One such program to counter the problem is Energy Star, developed by the United States Department of Energy and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This program encourages manufacturers to create devices that use little or no power while not being used (Roger Mobley. "What's New in Computing Today). Aimed mainly at those machines that go on stand by after being used for some time. These types of machines can be identified by the Energy Star label on its body. (Mobley) Machines such as personal computers, monitors and their printers for the most part comply with the Energy Star program.
The book Computer Learning for the New Professional written by James Holmes and Katie Mardsen, gives us helpful tips on disposing of our old equipment.
The one main tip that helps to get this point across tells people not to store useless machines in basements, storage rooms, warehouses or any other location (Holmes and Mardsen). These devices contain harmful materials and harmful toxins such as lead, mercury and other flame retardants. They are not safe in a land fill either as they will release these things into the environment. It is recommended to recycle and refurbish this used equipment. Manufacturers can use all of this equipment to produce outdoor furniture and automotive parts as well (Holmes and Mardsen).
In conclusion, these hints, provided by a Microsoft website, will further help in protecting our environment.
Use computers that comply with the Energy Star program
Recycle toner cartridges, along with old computers and printers too.
Telecommute to save gas.
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