If you’re someone who is passionate about energy efficiency, then we’re pretty sure that you’re constantly on the hunt for ways to make your home and your workplace more eco-friendly. Well, when it comes to your office space, while it can definitely help to do things like use more natural lighting and have your appliances professionally serviced on an annual basis, being that you and your staff are using your computers on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to make your computers “greener” too.
If you’d like a few helpful tips on how you can make your workplace computers more eco-friendly, we have provided you with five truly effective ways below:
Upgrade your hard drive. Our computers would serve no real purpose if they didn’t have a hard drive. After all, that’s what stores up all of our files. Well, did you know that there are some companies that have actually created hard drives that use a fraction of the power that most traditional ones do. Seagate is one company that makes hard drives that use a lot less energy but at the same time come in larger sizes than standard drives do as well. That makes it a great investment all the way around.
Use laptops more than desktops. If you’re looking for a way to create more physical space in your office while using less energy in the process, we recommend using laptops instead of desktops. Aside from the fact that laptops are portable and a lot more compact than desktops are, according to many energy experts, you will save between 40-50 percent more energy by choosing them instead.
Use your battery more often. Anything that’s plugged in is using electricity. So, if you want to reduce your energy costs, try using your computers’ batteries more often. The good news is about a lot of the batteries that are on the market now can last a couple of hours before they need to be recharged. This gives you many minutes to use your computers while being “off of the electricity grid” in the process.
Try cloud computing. Say that you purchased a couple of computers from PC Wholesale and you decided to ask the customer sales associate for some tips on how you can make your computers more eco-friendly. One thing that they might recommend is that you try a cloud computing service like iCloud, Dropbox or Google Apps. That way, you can store all of your data and files over the internet, which makes it easier to access whatever you need whether it’s by your laptop, tablet or even your smartphone—even if you’re not in the office. In fact, cloud computing makes it easier for you to have a virtual office, which can save you a significant amount of money when it comes to overhead costs.
Unplug it at the end of the day. When your work day has come to an end, whether you’re using desktops or laptops, make sure to unplug them. Although you won’t damage your computers by allowing it to “hibernate” overnight, you can end you wasting a lot of electricity by leaving them on. So, turn them off in the evening and back on when you’re ready to start another day.