By Toby Somerville

Save the Planet and Save Cash

By Toby Somerville

Now there are lots of good reasons to be more “green”, saving the planet, moral obligation, yadda, yadda, yadda. But, let’s get a bit selfish here — what’s in it for me and my business? I mean, of course there is the feel good factor about doing the “right” thing, but what about saving some cold hard cash?

As it turns out (not too surprisingly), being a bit “green savvy” with your hardware purchases can save you a fair amount of power and money. So, before you buy your next computer here are a few handy resources to help make your decision:

  • The Electronic Product Environmental Asset Tool can help you discover the most environmentally sound desktop, laptop and monitor.
  • The energy star rating.
  • Calculate the savings in terms of money, C02, trees and cars (Excel Spreadsheet).
  • Investigate the efficiency of you power supplies at 80 Plus.
  • Calculate your server efficiency using the SWaP (Space, Watts and Performance) metric.

You can also check how your current computer performs, using power management tool like LocalCooling for Windows or monitor your CO2 output on OSX using SusiClimate (both free).

Being energy smart with your next computing purchase will save you money. Go on. Save some cash and help save the planet. TTFN.

  • Hilary Rogers

    Hi Toby and Readers,

    Thanks for mentioning our free initiative – LocalCooling! If anyone has any questions about the application, please feel free to contact me. contact@localcooling.net
    Hilary Rogers
    Public Relations Manager
    Uniblue Systems Ltd

  • lily

    Do you want to have a time planning software? please try this software DevPlanner,
    DevPlanner is a time planning and to-do list software that allows keeping track of projects, personal tasks, and other activities.

  • Anonymous

    I happen to love my carbon footprint!
    Man-made climate change is the biggest hoax perpetrated on mankind since the flat earthers.

    Love & hugs

  • spVince

    Anyone the a link to the “Calculate the savings in terms of money, C02, trees and cars (Excel Spreadsheet).” please.

  • lily

    Thanks for your articles! Do you want to have a software for the creation and customisation of reports? please try this software Office Report Builder,
    Office Report Builder is an easy and convenient tool for the creation and customisation of reports.
    you can see it here http://www.qweas.com/download/business/info_managers/office_report_builder.htm

  • Trisha

    This is a great post that points out you don’t have to eat leaves and twigs to be a good environmentalist. If we each do a little bit, it will make a huge difference! Thanks for the links and you can find other cool tips on how to save money and the planet save here

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