Green Computing

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People are always looking for ways to save money. By using “Green” computer components you can save money and energy. Everyone having a computer powered on days at a time can use up a lot of energy, which will lead to a large energy bill. There is a lot of different ways to adapt your computer to be more energy efficient. Using more energy efficient computer components and changing settings in your operating system will save you big. By purchasing more energy efficient components such as processors, hard drives and computer monitors you can make your computer consume less power thus saving energy. Home computers can be turned off when not in use which is the easiest way to save money and energy. If you are not using it than what is the point of leaving it on? In businesses, that is not always a practical solution to saving. Some companies require servers for others to connect to at all times. Servers usually send and receive information from other computers. These servers are always running so people can connect whenever they want. Since these servers have to be running all the time, they drain a lot of energy and produce heat. “U.S. organizations squander $2.8 billion a year to power unused machines, emitting about 20 million tons of carbon dioxide — roughly the equivalent of 4 million cars — according to a report to be released Wednesday.”(Perenson, 2008) Intel is one of the largest manufacturers of computer processors. Intel makes a low voltage processor that uses significantly less power than other computer processors. They make processors for any type of computers including laptops, netbooks, desktop, and servers. Intel’s Xenon server processors come in an ultra-low voltage version that runs 1.66 GHz per each of the two c... ... middle of paper ... ...(n.d.). Help Save Energy and the Environment: Put Your Monitor to Sleep . Retrieved June 13, 2010 , from Microsoft Corporation Web site: .http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/tips/monitorsleep.mspx Intel Corporation. (n.d.). Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® Processors LV and ULV for embeded computing. Retrieved May 23, 2010, from Intel Corporation Web site: http://download.intel.com/design/intarch/prodbref/31578602.pdf Perenson, M. J. (2008, Januaray 4). Green Hard Drive Loses Little on Performance. Retrieved May 23, 2010, from PC World Magazine Web site: http://www.pcworld.com/article/140982/green_hard_drive_loses_little_on_performance.html Swartz, J. (2009, March 25). Leaving PCs on overnight costs companies $2.8B a year. Retrieved June 13, 2010, from USA TODAY: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/environment/2009-03-25-pc-power-company-costs_N.htm

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