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With more and more electronics entering the home every year, the world’s energy consumption has skyrocketed. What better way to help save money on your power bill and help reduce energy costs (as well as reduce your carbon footprint) than to take back some of that needlessly wasted power from your idling electronics.

For computers it can be as simple as downloading a free small application called Local Cooling. Local Cooling will automate the power saving profiles on your computer to help power down your screen, hard drives, and computer when the components are not in use, helping save energy and costs associated with “always-on” computers.

Local Cooling… “automatically optimizes your PC’s power consumption by using a more effective power save mode. You will be able to see your savings in real-time translated to more environmental terms such as how many trees and gallons of oil you have saved.”

http://www.localcooling.com/

Treehugger also outlines some methods to start with:

“Greening your electronics is a matter of knowing what tech to get, how to use it best, and what to do with it when its useful life is done.”

Top 10 Tips:
1. Go rechargeable
2. Kill vampire power
3. Buy with energy in mind
4. Treat those batteries right
5. Make it a short circuit
6. Buy used
7. Bright idea: The solar charger
8. Extend use
9. Look for EPEAT
10. Buy a less toxic system

Wanna Do More?
1. Demand product recycling
2. The right tool for the job
3. Offset your energy
4. The digital thermostat
5. USB-it
6. iPod surgery
7. Battery switcheroo

By the Numbers:
1. Of the $250 billion spent per year on powering computers worldwide, only about 15% of that power is spent computing-the rest is wasted idling.
2. Electronics make up 70 percent of all hazardous waste.
3. Making the average PC requires 10 times the weight of the product in chemicals and fossil fuels.
4. 15 billion batteries are produced annually worldwide.
5. 40% of the energy used for electronics in your home is used while these devices are turned off.
6. In the US, energy efficient battery chargers could save American consumers more than 1 billion kilowatt hours of power per year, which would save more than $100 million each year, and prevent the release of more than a million tons of greenhouse gasses.

[Source: http://www.treehugger.com/…green-your-electronics.php ]

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