Saturday, 18 May 2013

Computer equipment

Household computers, printers, monitors and laptops on average make up around 13% of electricity around the home. Choosing an energy-efficient computer can have a real impact on your carbon dioxide emissions and your energy costs. If someone else is in charge of buying your equipment, ask about getting a laptop instead of a desktop, and see if they’re aware of Energy Saving Trust Recommended models, which use less energy in 'sleep' and 'standby' as well as when they're running.

Desktop and laptop PCs: Laptops typically uses 85% less electricity over a year than desktop PCs do, so they're already the more energy-efficient choice. If your computing needs are met by a laptop, then why not consider one as an alternative to a desktop PC? With smaller components and screens, laptops use much less electricity than desktop computers, which can save you around £26 a year. If you do need a desktop computer, choose a PC with the Energy Saving Trust Recommended label. This will mean it uses less energy in 'sleep' and 'standby' too - not just when it's running.

Inkjet printers: Whether it's a single-function or multi-function inkjet printer that copies, scans and faxes too, there's an energy saving choice. If you’re going to buy a printer, look for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended label - these printers use 40% less electricity in sleep mode than average new models.

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