Eco-Friendly Equipment and Systems
A major component of green business practices is green computing. Green computing refers to the design, manufacture, use, and disposal of IT related equipment such as computers, servers, monitors, printers, storage devices, and networking and communications systems in an environmentally friendly manner.
One of the best green business practices are the use of “Energy Star" monitors, desktops, laptops, printers, and other devices. Such devices power-down to a low power state when not in use reducing energy by 60 to 70 percent, and run cooler, lasting longer.
Most electronic appliances such as monitors, printers, modems, routers, and WiFi access points consume some power even in “sleep" mode. Switching off and unplugging such appliances when not in use saves energy. A good device that helps in this direction is the “Smart Strip" power strip that senses the amount of power computer peripherals use, and automatically shuts off peripherals when the computer shuts down, to prevent peripherals from drawing idle current.
Third-party power management programs such as Data Synergy PowerMAN and Snap Verdiem Surveyor allow central configuration of power management, especially useful for large businesses with many computers.
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