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8 Simple Ways to ‘Go Green’ at Work

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#1 Conserve your computer’s energy
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For many people with desk jobs the computer is necessary to get things done. Yet, this "efficiency" comes at a cost - it is estimated that people waste over $1 billion in electricity every year just in computer use! To help conserve energy from your computer use, you can invest in an energy-saving computer, monitor and printer, and, switch to energy-saving settings, such as: - Monitor and display sleep: Turn off after 15 minutes or less; - Turn off hard drives and hard disk sleep: 15 minutes or less; and - System standby or sleep: After 30 minutes or less. - Avoid using screensavers, these use energy rather than save it. - Setting the computer to sleep mode when you are away for short periods of time makes good sense. - Switch to a laptop or a thin client. Laptops and thin clients use less energy than desktop computers.

If you are already taking environmentally friendly steps at home then why not take similar measures at work? The incentives for going green at work are numerous. First of all, you make the environment more pleasant, clean and healthy for yourself and the people surrounding you, secondly, you save energy and help reduce the costs of your employer (which in today's troublesome economy, could mean that more jobs are 'safe' with extra money available). It’s time we started enjoying an eco-friendly workplace.

Following these 7 simple steps is more than enough to achieve this goal...

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