'Green Screens' Campaign:
Saving Energy with Screensavers and ENERGY STAR ®
Screensavers can increase electricity usage:
Screensavers are fun, but did you know that running a screen saver can cause your computer to use more electricity?
Estimates are that over One Billion Dollars may be wasted annually in the United States.
This can result in:
Have your cake and eat it too?
- Higher electricity bills -- for the computer itself.
- Higher electricity bills -- for additional air conditioning needed to cool the room due to higher heat output of the computer.
- More fossil fuels being burned with more pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, in order to generate the electricity.
- More wear and tear on your computer hard drive.
It's possible to enjoy your screensaver, AND save energy, by using the built-in energy-saving features of your
How? By setting the screensaver to come on after a certain delay,
and then having the display or the entire computer "sleep" after a longer delay.
This prevents your screensaver and monitor from staying on 24 hours a day.
Research suggests that if your computer is inactive for more than 30-60 minutes, there is a good chance that no one is there to enjoy the screensaver, so you might as well have the monitor or computer turn off to save power.
For step-by-step instructions, choose your computer's Operating System version:
For more information, visit the ENERGY STAR Website.
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