Use the Green Computing Guide to make environmentally informed choices as you select and use information and communication technology. By making sustainable choices as we acquire, use and dispose of computing products and services we will reduce our environmental impact and conserve resources. If you have any problems or questions about implementing the following tips, don't hesitate to contact the ICT Help Desk.
Important for U of S employees: Before making any changes to your systems at work, please check first to see if your college or unit has its own green computing strategy or other energy-saving procedures in place. If so, ask for recommendations on how to proceed.
1. Reconsider printing
Unnecessary printing and printers have a major environmental impact both in consumption of resources and the energy required to manufacture paper product. You can help save paper, toner, energy (and money!):
Print in draft mode to save ink/toner
Print only final copies
Print double-sided and/or two-up
Try narrower margins (if it doesn't conflict with report style)
Avoid printing unnecessary e-mails
E-mail rather than fax
At home, keep your printer turned off and turn on only when needed
At work, speak with IT staff about the possibility of consolidating printers
2. Use computer power management settings
Use "sleep" settings when your computer is on. The following settings are suggested, your needs will determine what is best for you:
Monitor/display sleep: Turn off after 15 minutes or less
Turn off hard drives/hard disk sleep: 15 minutes or less