Electricity Bills- Energy Saving Tips for Your Computer, Laptop and printers

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The best way to start saving on your electricity costs is to get smart with how you use electricity. In an average home, the computers, laptops and printers etc account for around 5% of the Electrical Bill.

However, with a few simple changes you can make sure that your Business system doesn’t cost the earth. Here are our top Six energy-saving tips for your Computers laptops and printers.

Energy-saving tips for your computer or laptop

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It’s not just your TV that uses a lot of energy though. Your computer and laptop can be just as energy-draining if not used correctly.

  1. The easiest choice to make is between a desktop and computer monitor or a much smaller laptop. A laptop is more energy-efficient than a desktop and monitor set-up.
  2. Laptops, desktops, and monitors are becoming increasingly energy-efficient, especially when you compare LCD or LED monitors with the old-style tube or CRT monitors. So again, if you have an older model it might be worth thinking about upgrading to a newer, energy-efficient model.
  3. Newer machines also have reasonably good power options, so they switch on and power down fairly quickly, making it less tempting to just leave your computer on unnecessarily. This is a sure fire way to waste energy. You’re far better off simply turning your laptop off when not in use.
  4. Computers effectively use similar power whether they are busy or idle. If you leave them doing nothing, they are using almost as much as if they are number crunching or accessing information, that’s why ‘sleep’ mode is so useful.
  5. Use your power-saving setting: these are usually found in your computer preferences, and there are normally two options, either sleep or hibernate mode, both will turn off the monitor within a specified number of minutes of inactivity – with an old tube/CRT monitor energy usage may fall by half.
  6. Don’t forget to switch off your computer and any peripheral devices, such as your printer and scanner, overnight. Check your back-up settings and make sure it is set up to run as soon as your computer is switched on again (in case your computer is switched off at the designated time).

Energy-saving tips for your Printer.

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  1. The Energy Star label on the printer is a badge of honor for energy efficiency. American businesses and families have saved 430 billion dollarson their energy bills since Energy Star was established in 1992. If your printer has energy star qualifications, it has passed rigorous testing for quality, efficiency, and environmental safety.

 

  1. Has a Sleep Mode or Automatic Shut Off:

This feature is guaranteed to lower your electricity bills. Sleep mode or automatic shut off put your printer in a reduced power state if idle for a specified period of time.

  1. Print in Draft

    Using your printer’s Draft mode cuts print times and reduces the amount of power your printer consumes – as well as helping you to make some serious savings on the amount of ink or toner you use. Enable it for all internal correspondence, where presentation isn’t a major issue.

  2. Print in Draft

    Using your printer’s Draft mode cuts print times and reduces the amount of power your printer consumes – as well as helping you to make some serious savings on the amount of ink or toner you use. Enable it for all internal correspondence, where presentation isn’t a major issue.

  3. Instant on

Choose devices that feature ‘instant on’ technology, so that you’re not left waiting around each time your device comes out of sleep mode. With quicker time to start-up, these devices consume less power – making it more likely that you’ll switch them off when not in use.

 

 

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