Green IT - Seven Tips for Greener Technology Use

  1. Use power management technology and best practices
  • Power down your computer when it’s not in use. If you need to leave your computer on (maybe due to security updates that need to be installed or because it is running a program or allowing you to connect remotely via VPN), at least turn off the monitor and speakers/subwoofer.
  • Configure your computer or monitor to go into Sleep Mode during work hours instead of using a screen saver.
  • Power down peripherals that are not in use, including printers, external hard drives, scanners, etc.
  1. Print Green
  • Print to both sides of paper. If you do not have a printer with this function, print odd pages first, place them back into the tray, then print the even pages.
  • When purchasing paper, look for recycled paper with a high percentage of post-consumer content and the minimum of chlorine bleaching.
  • Avoid printing pages that you do not need. If there are misprints, save them for notepaper.
  • When creating documents to print, avoid using large fonts and decrease the margin width to conserve paper.
  • Download and use Eco Fonts to conserve toner usage up to 30%.
  1. Reduce paper consumption
  • Email minutes or agendas for meetings to conserve paper.
  • Avoid printing out or making copies of e-mails that can easily be forwarded to other recipients, or use digital copies.
  • Send documents as e-mail attachments rather than faxing them.
  1. Recycle Technology
  • Recycle or donate unused computers, monitors, printers, mice, and keyboards. Please contact Building Operations and Information Technology for assistance in recycling your used work-related technology.
  • Instead of throwing out ink toner/cartridges, recycle them. Often manufacturers have a program for recycling. Contact the Information Technology department for assistance in recycling ink toner and cartridges.
  1. Purchase and Use Efficient Technology
  • When purchasing new hardware, make sure it is energy efficient. To be certain, look for the "Energy Star" label. Information Technology can recommend workstations and devices specifically chosen for their Energy Star performance.
  • Upgrade Equipment: Surprisingly, replacing your old energy-wasting equipment with newer technologies requiring less power to run is one of the biggest ways to lower your energy costs
  1. Use Rechargeable Batteries in Battery Operated Devices
  • Use re-chargeable instead of disposable batteries for wireless and handheld devices like wireless keyboards and mice.
  • Unplug battery chargers from outlets when they are not in use. Once fully charged, these devices continue draining electricity.
  • Recycle disposable batteries at Recycle Centers.
  1. Use and Share "All in One"/Multifunction Equipment
  • Purchase multifunction equipment (All-in-One networked printer/fax/copier/scanners) that everyone in your office can use, rather than individual peripherals. You'll save space, energy, and money in the long run.
  • Network printers and copiers: networked printers and copiers decrease idle time and provide for more cost-effective use of equipment.