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'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:

  • 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.
Have your cake and eat it too?
It's possible to enjoy your screensaver, AND save energy, by using the built-in energy-saving features of your computer. 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.