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  • Desktop Technology Best Practices
  • Data Centre/Server Room Practices (Under Development)
  • Computer Power and Patch Management (Under Development)

Desktop Technology Best Practices

1. Get buy-in
  • Find out how much energy your systems are really using and share that information 
  • Set practical energy-saving settings for the typical cases
  • Establish good processes to manage the inevitable exceptions
  • Focus on energy and natural resource savings rather than costs
  • Make green computing practices the norm
2. Promote energy-saving behavior
  • Share energy-saving information and available U of S Green Computing Guide materials with your users
  • Integrate sustainable computing educational material into user training programs
  • Encourage users to visit the  U of S Green Computing Guide
3. Buy Eco friendly
  • Buy Energy-Star 5.0 and EPEAT-rated equipment
  • Consider EPEAT Gold certified equipment from the U of S Campus Computer Store
  • Choose more modest specifications for systems that don't require the fastest processor
  • Promote laptop purchases where appropriate - laptops are more flexible for lectures, meetings, etc
  • Replace monitors with LED models
4. Provide "smart" power strips
  • Make power strips accessible and encourage users to turn them off when not using
  • Choose "smart" power strips that have combination outlets (manually switched and always-on), motion sensors, and other advanced features; power strips are available from the Campus Computer Store with auto detection of when a computer is off or asleep,  then automatically powers off connected peripherals to prevent wasteful power consumption
5. Configure default energy-savers
  • Set sleep settings:
    • Monitor/display sleep: Turn off after 15 minutes or less
    • Turn off hard drives/hard disk sleep: 15 minutes or less
    • System standby/sleep: After 30 minutes or less
  • Allow exceptions for users who need them
  • Automate and deploy power management policies, and tools
  • Example: Enforce Power Management Settings with Group Policy  
6. Re-evaluate the printing environment
  • Consolidate to fewer, shared, printers
  • Set double-sided printing as the default to save paper
  • Set default printing to draft mode to save ink/toner
  • Consider charging; "free" printing invites waste
7. Reuse and responsibly recycle computer equipment
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