Happy Earth Day.
I hope you are thinking Green today, and I am not talking about St. Patty's day green beer. We all need to help Mother Earth by trying to be a little bit more Green. On a personal level, we can do things like buying locally; I personally prefer fresh fruits and vegetables grown in my local area over those driven across the country, let alone shipped from South America.
In today's post in TechRepublic, Katherine Murray, gives us 10 tips for making greener PC purchases and upgrades. I am going to share a few of my favorite tips. Is your IT Organization running Green or is your Service Desk old and stodgy, taking up too much of your time and energy and not providing stellar results. Consider taking a test drive of a modern Service Desk today.
1. Detox your computer purchase
We all know about the toxic chemicals in our electronic devices. Always recycle your old computer components. Not only are there many parts that can be recycled thus saving the manufacturing of the raw materials, but many are actually toxic.
There are many other chemicals and compounds to watch out for, including mercury, brominated flame retardants (BFR), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl (PBB), and pentabromodiphenyl ether (PBDE). The European Union is several paces ahead of the United States in terms of its Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive.
2. Avoid being Greenwashed
Similar to whitewashing, greenwashing as defined on Wikipedia:
Greenwashing is a form of spin in which green PR or green marketing is deceptively used to promote the perception that an organization's aims and policies are environmentally friendly. Whether it is to increase profits or gain political support, greenwashing may be used to manipulate popular opinion to support otherwise questionable aims.
Avoid the greenwashing of all things IT:
First, look at the company overall. Does it have a green statement published on its Web site explaining its commitment to conserving energy? Is the company offering more than one "green" product? Does it tell you specifically how much energy the product consumes, how you can control the usage, and what materials are used to create the product and the packing materials?
3. Look for Low Voltage
We are all trying to save energy, but if you look deep into your enterprise, you will find some very old computer components being used for simple or old tech tasks. Do not overlook these relics. They could be stealing energy from your otherwise relatively green environment.
If you're still using an old CRT monitor (does anyone still use those anymore?), one simple upgrade that will save you large amounts of energy is replacing the big clunky monitor with a nice sleek LCD model. Visit the Web sites of your favorite monitor manufacturers and read reviews. Then, check out the EPEAT Registry, scroll down the page, and click the Displays link.
Not only will you save power by trading that CRT monitor, but you also get rid of some pretty toxic substances - lead, mercury, barium, cadmium, and more. Be sure to recycle the monitor in an earth-friendly way rather than just dumping that monster in the trash.
Think Green, Buy Green, Be Green and have a Happy Earth Day.
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