Green Computing: “Greening” your computing equipment

There are a lot of things that we can do as a common man to bring changes and reforms. Let’s get hand in hand, do our best to reduce emissions and wastage, promote recycling and give pure and clean surroundings for our future generations. Let’s GO GREEN.

Green is the way to go. As we are in the age of technology, why not we go green?

“Technology” refers to the application of knowledge for practical purposes. The technology which supports us to go green is known as Green Technology.

Green technology is a technology which is environmentally friendly and is created and used in a way that preserves natural resources and the environment. Green technology is also referred to as environmental technology and clean technology.

Green technology is the future of this society .Green technology is a field of new, novel ways to make changes in daily life. Green Technology is in the starting stages of its development, so the future will only bring bigger and better things for this field.

The most important goal of green technology is to find ways that do not damage or deplete the Earth’s natural resources. The use of green technology is supposed to reduce the amount of waste and pollution that is created during production and consumption.

Green Computing is a part of Green Technology. Green computing is the practice of using computing resources efficiently. In other words, Green computing is the environmentally responsible utilization of computers and related resources.

Green computing needs that to be computed in such a way that preserves our health and the Earth to be healthy as it flourishes and supports us.

Now the main concern is why Green Computing? Green Computing is important because of the following reasons: cause

Leaving the computer on when not in use causes the wastage of computer energy as CPU and fan consume power even screen savers consume power.

  • Repeated printing is also wasteful .Taking print out of incomplete drafts, your emails or meeting agendas are the main reasons of repetitive printing.
  • Manufacturing techniques, packaging and disposal of computers and components causes pollution
  • Toxic chemicals are used in the manufacturing of computers and components which can enter the food chain and water.

So, the first five steps you can take towards a green computing are:-

Develop a sustainable green computing plan: Such a plan must consist of recycling policies, recommendations for disposal of used equipment, and government guidelines. Green computing is best practiced by power usage, reduction of paper consumption, as well as recommendations for new equipment and recycling old machines.

Recycle: Dispose used or unnecessary electronic equipment in a suitable and environmentally responsible manner. Computers have toxin metals and pollutants that can produce harmful emissions into the environment. Not at all discard computers in a landfill. Recycle them through manufacturer programs. Procurement

Make environmentally sound purchase decisions: Purchase Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) registered products. EPEAT is a procurement tool promoted by the nonprofit Green Electronics Council to:

  • Help institutional purchasers assess, compare and choose desktop computers, notebooks and monitors based on environmental attributes
  • Provide an understandable, reliable set of performance criteria for the design of products

Reduce Paper Consumption. There are many ways to cut paper consumption like      e-mail, e-archiving, rather than redline corrections on paper use the “track changes” feature in electronic documents. While taking the print out of the document, make sure to use both sides of the paper, recycle on a regular basis, use smaller fonts and margins, and selectively print required pages.

Conserve energy. Turn off your computer when you know you won’t use it for an extended period of time. Related modest

Some of the steps for Energy Efficient Computing are:

  • Do not leave your computer running overnight and on weekends.
  • The life of a monitor is associated to the amount of time it is in use, not the number of on and off cycles. A modest amount of turning on and off will not harm the computer or monitor.
  • Do not turn on the printer until you are ready to print. Printers consume energy even while they are idling.
  • Do not print out copies of email unless necessary.
  • Most computer equipment now comes with power management features. If your computer has these features, make sure they are activated.
  • The best screen saver is no screen saver at all – turn off your monitor when not in use. This option is second best only to turning off your computer all together.
  • Use “paperless” methods of communication such as email and fax-modems.
  • Review your document on the screen instead of printing a draft. If you must print a draft, use the blank back side of used paper
  • When typing documents, especially drafts, use a smaller font and decrease the spacing between lines.
  • Recycle your paper when done.
  • Buy a monitor only as large as you really need. A 17-inch monitor uses 40 percent more energy than a 14-inch monitor. Also, the higher the resolution, the more energy it needs.
  • Ink-jet printers use 80 to 90 percent less energy than laser printer.
  • Request recycled / recyclable packaging from your computer vendor.

It’s an old saying; every big change starts from small initiatives. We have started some of the simple but effective initiatives to save a huge amount of energy. Now it’s your turn to protect our environment and save energy along with operational expenses in today’s increasingly competitive world.

Note: We have designed this article from various documents/websites available on web.

Written by Pooja Gautam

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One thought on “Green Computing: “Greening” your computing equipment

  1. Green Computing! It looks very cool.We are upgrading our system,buying hardware, etc. This is generating lots of E-Waste day by day. To overcome this we can use Virtulization Technology.By using this we can use Single Server for multiple people.This will save our space and also reduce lot of E-Waste.Now a days lots of technology are available in the Market e.g. Oracle Virtual Box,Hyper-V,VM Ware,Microsoft Virtual PC etc.We can use these Product and reduce the E-Waste.

    Cheers,
    Gautam

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