Technology: Using Technology
PC Power Management Settings
I am sure most of you have a family computer at home and computer access in your school and/or llibrary. Computers have improved many aspects of our day-to-day lives. But they require energy to operate, so use them wisely. We can all do our part in lessening their environmental impact by following these tips:
- Effectively manage the power-saving options on your PC. This involves changing the length of time your computer will stay fully powered without use. Ask you parents, if you do not know how to do this.
- While using the computer, only have your screen as bright as you need it.
- Try using a blank screen saver. Animated screen savers consume a lot of electricity
- When you or your family is buying a new computer, consider a laptop instead of a desktop. Laptops typically use less than half of the electricity of a desktop.
Unplugging Chargers & Power
Many appliances still using energy even when they are turned off.. In the average home, 75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics and appliances is consumed while the product is turned off!
Below are a few greening tips you can do around your house to make sure your families appliances are not wasting energy.
- Look for ENERGY STAR® products when your parents are purchasing new appliances.
- Plug home electronics, such as TVs and DVD players, into power strips and turn the off power strips (ask your parents where to get a power strip) off when the equipment is not in use.
- Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use. Go around your house with your parents and decide what appliances should be unplugged when they are not turned on (microwave, toaster, lamps, etc.).
Printing: Margins, Multiple pages per sheet, duplex
There are many printing options you should consider that could reduce paper usage.
When printing, please be mindful of the following:
- First of all, determine if it is necessary to print the document at all.
- Try to fit more on a single page. You can do this by changing the font size and/or page margins.
- Print on both sides of the page. Ask your teacher to print your worksheets, tests, and homework on double-sided paper.
- Use recycled paper in the printer.