5 Myths: Computer Energy Saving and You

Computer GrassIf you’re looking for ways to save energy on your computer, or think you’ve found ways to keep your office as energy efficient as possible, a recent list by Backbone Magazine may have you rethinking your strategies. The 5 Myths proposed by Backbone are as follows: 1) Screensavers save power. 2) Devices that are off don’t use power. 3) Turning off computers is bad for them. 4) A computer that’s not being used wastes less power than one that is active. 5) One computer doesn’t make a big difference. Of the statistics mentioned in their explanations are that standby mode accounts for 10% of all power usage in a household, and that one desktop computer left on all day equates to 1,500 lbs of atmospheric carbon dioxide in a year. So if you’re thinking about leaving your computer on overnight – over even over lunch break – maybe you should think again. Help conserve energy this summer and shut it down every chance you get.