Friday, October 26, 2007

Tips on better PC power management

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program touts figures estimating that people can save $25 to $75 in energy costs a year (roughly 400 to 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions) by taking these measures.

Energy Saving Tips:
• Increase your RAM to reduce disk usage
• If you’ve set your computer to go into sleep mode when it’s inactive, make sure of the following: close down on Web pages, since animated banners or other content might keep the system’s sleep mode from activating, show down any games or applications that will keep the computer “active”
• Unplug peripherals that are plugged directly into the computer
• Disconnect any virtual private networks
• Unplug power supplies that aren’t being used, since they will still draw power
• Use wired mice and keyboards instead of wireless ones