Although it sounds eco-friendly, green computing is really all about using computer resources efficiently. However, environmental benefits are a welcome side effect of this shift in computer consciousness. Apple CEO Steve Jobs first posted environmental targets online in May 2007 after he and other leaders in the PC industry were slammed for not having environmental policies. This new, friendlier mindset is filtering from the top down in the computer industry.
Going green can mean many things, from purchasing more energy efficient computer components to participating in a statewide recycling program for obsolete computers (a little over half of all US states now have a recycling program). Here are a few things you can do to make your business a little greener:
1. Increase your energy efficiency by purchasing green computers for your business
2. Get an energy audit from one of the many green computing services and find out how to green up your office
3. Dispose of your old computers (e-waste) in a responsible manner (this is a big part of green computing!)
Buy the latest and greatest energy efficient green computersAn environmentally friendly computer preserves the environment and saves you money. Nowadays most computer manufacturers offer green computers.
Hire one of many green computing services to get your business on a greener trackWhen you hire a green computing service, you will get a customized plan tailored to your actual business. They will help you maximize your energy efficiency, and bring you up to speed on other options available to you.
Jump on the green computing bandwagon by recycling your e-wasteComputers and other electronic devices pose a huge disposal problem, because many of their parts are toxic to the environment. Recycling your old computers and technological devices can stop them from taking up space in your closet, or worse, ending up in a landfill.
- The EPA's Energy Star rating has been upgraded for the first time in 15 years. Their new specs for green computers are much more stringent. Look for their logo on any new system, and you'll know that you truly are going green.