The ecobutton’s long term cost for you and the environment
Now, I have to wonder how much the ecobutton will cost the average user and the environment.
1. When your computer is put into “ecomode", the ecobutton software kicks in, recording how much power, money and carbon you’ve saved by clicking the ecobutton. The manufacturer claims that ecobutton's "ecomode" uses less energy than ordinary sleep or hibernation mode. While I don't see how this could be correct, I do not have an ecobutton and so could not put the claim to the test.
2. The ecobutton has an “eye-catchy" design to serve as a reminder to put your computer into “ecomode" whenever it’s not in use. How does the ecobutton manage to stand out? It’s constantly illuminated - and that means unnecessary energy consumption.
3. The ecobutton folks encourage you to use their product, no matter how long you’ll be away from your computer, so that includes 60 second bathroom breaks. Now, I’m not claiming to be an expert, but I have to wonder how much energy it takes to click the ecobutton to send your computer into “ecomode" and then a minute later, power your computer back up. Would I not maybe be better off leaving my computer for such a short period of time?
4. The ecobutton’s website, though seemingly informative, uses Flash on nearly every page. For a company that paints the picture of how every little bit counts towards making a difference, don’t you think they’d take the environment into consideration when designing their website? Flash increases your computer’s energy consumption and though the consumption is small per computer, think of what it adds up to with each person who visits the site.
5. Product manufacturing, packaging and transportation are, as you probably know, bad for the environment. The packaging will end up in landfills and the creation and transportation of products means CO2 emissions and fuel consumptions.