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Computers & Office Electronics: Buyer’s Guide
When choosing electronic equipment for your home office, consider ways to enjoy premium performance while still keeping energy costs down.
Look for the Logo: ENERGY STAR®
Other Energy-Efficiency Features to Shop For
- In desktops and laptops, select models with solid-state hard drives.
- If you use a monitor, upgrade to an LCD screen, which uses only a fraction of the electricity of older cathode ray tube models1.
- Adjust the brightness setting on your monitor (look for LED backlit models) which may allow for significant reductions in energy use.
- If possible buy a smaller monitor, because smaller screens save energy. Who said bigger is always better?
- Consolidate your office equipment into a single Multifunction Machine (MFM) – a great way to save not only energy, but money and space as well. Go with a low speed MFM as opposed to a high-speed model, for additional energy savings.
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1A. Wilson, J. Thorne & J. Morrill. (2004). Home Energy Briefs: #7 Electronics. Snowmass, CO: Rocky Mountain Institute. Retrieved October 9, 2012, from rmi.org (p. 2).
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