Emily Dillon<br />Professor Moreira<br />FIT 1012 Digital Technology<br />Green Computing: Simple Ways It Can Be Done<br />
What Is Green Computing?<br />Green Computing is an easy way to help out the environment. It is described as being “the study and practice of using computing resources efficiently.”<br />This task is done in the hands of ourselves and our peers; it’s up to us.<br />
Simple Task # 1<br />Shut down your computer when it’s not in use.<br />Why have something turned on, taking up energy when no one is using it?<br />Computer = Electricity, shutting down when not in use saves energy.<br />Just In Case You Forget … Try This!<br />Open power settings of your computer and set for optimal energy use.<br />Set computer to put monitor to ‘sleep’, it spins down hard drives, and put it to sleep when not in use.<br />‘Hibernating’ set-up is a better option<br /> because it uses less power.<br />
Simple Task # 2<br />Save Your Paper!<br />There are obvious ways to save paper by recycling, previewing work and avoid printing multiple pages.<br />Another simple way to save paper is to tweak your pages by customizing margins, and removing elements such as add ins and images.<br />Green Print Saves Too!<br />Green print is a free application that will automatically identify and remove and unnecessary pages or spaces found.<br />
Green Print Chart<br />January 2008 Report<br />This chart is a quick visual to show viewers what a difference it makes using the green print chart in order to save paper. Now imagine how the numbers would increase over time as the number of users increased.<br />
Simple Task # 3<br />Turn Off Peripherals.<br />When not in use, turn off peripherals (ex: printer/monitor).<br />Be aware of vampire power (gear in computing setup that draws standby power).<br />Vampires stand out as large AC adapters.<br />Go beyond!<br />It is good to unplug wall warts or keep them plugged into a power strip that switches off when not in use, but it is possible to go even further.<br />Automate the process with gadgets such as the ‘Energy Smart Strip’ and the ‘Power Minder’. Both monitor a PC’s power state and shuts down other peripherals when the computer is shut off. <br />
How Can Make A Difference?<br />After reviewing these certain tasks, I realized that I too can contribute and make a difference by saving energy and paper.<br />I will become even more conscious about the amount of paper I print, especially due to the fact that I spend much time printing assignments for class.<br />I am happy to say that I do not have a problem leaving the computer on to take up energy, however, I can pass the word to my peers to help out.<br />
Works Cited<br />Images:<br />www.google.com/images - green computing<br />Microsoft power point – clip art<br />Information:<br />www.lifehacker.com – ways to go green<br />www.wikipedia.org – define green computing<br />
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