- Configure your monitor to turn off or enter power-saving mode after 5-20 minutes of inactivity, and also program your hard drive to turn off shortly after. Screensavers do not save power.*
- Turn off both your computer and power strip (if using one) when you are away from the computer.
- Adjust the brightness of your monitor. Lower levels will use less power.
- Upgrade to a flat-panel LCD monitor, which uses a third of the electricity of CRT monitors.
- Look for power-saving ENERGY STAR® monitors.
Miscellaneous Electronics (tablets, laptops, cellular devices and portable electronics)
- Unplug devices when they’re not in use.
When a device is not powered on, it can still use electricity.
- Unplug devices that are sufficiently charged.
Leaving a device plugged in that is already fully charge can waste electricity.
- Laptops, tablets and smartphones generally use less power than desktop models.
If you are concerned about saving energy and purchasing a computer, you might consider purchasing a smaller or more efficient device.
*Source: ENERGY STAR®