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Green Slideshow - Rob Erskine

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Green Slideshow - Rob Erskine

  1. 1. Designer's Guide to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint Seven Simple Steps to Help the Environment by Rob Erskine
  2. 2. 1.Turn Off The Computer  While this may seem obvious to some, it's amazing how few follow through with such an easy step. Most of us leave the computer on 24/7 due to the convenience, however turning off the computer at night saves a huge amount of power. While you're at it, might as well turn off the sound system and corresponding monitor hooked up to your setup as well.
  3. 3. 2. Turn Off External Hard Drives at Night  I know that I often run backups at night while I'm asleep on my mac. More recently however, I have been running backups at hourly intervals and never notice any resource consumption. This is an alternative that can save a lot of power.
  4. 4. 3. Use http://www.blackle.com/  Blackle is a search engine that is exactly like Google in every way, except for the fact that it is predominately black. The theory behind Blackle is that it takes more energy to portray white (lit) pixels on monitors than it is to portray the default black pixels. Black estimates that it saves 750,000 hours of watts of energy a year from their users.
  5. 5. 4. Switch to LCD Monitor LCD's save more energy and make so much less heat than competing CRT monitors. LCD monitors also take up a lot less room and require less overall power. Also, what web designer and developer doesn't need an excuse to upgrade a monitor?
  6. 6. 5. Use an Eco-Friendly Font  The makers of Ecofont remove small parts of characters in order to save ink. An estimated 20% of ink is saved per page by using such an indifferent font.
  7. 7. 6. Make Sites Printer Friendly  While many of us laugh at the thought of printing out websites, many people still do. In order to make printer friendly versions of elaborate and colorful websites, most designers use a separate style sheet.  <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="print.css" media="print" />  “print” is where the magic happens
  8. 8. 7. Don't Use A Screen Saver  Back in the day, screen savers were implemented to keep idle images from burning into the screen.  This isn't the case anymore however, as LCD monitors can not have images burned into pixels anymore. So try and save some energy and turn off your idle computer instead of having a screen saver

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