(reprinted from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation Sustainability TIPS)
Did you know? One of the top categories of energy consumption in an office is from office equipment.
What can you do? Although you may not control what kind of equipment is on your desk or in your office space, there are several things
that you can do to reduce consumption and conserve resources. It’s as easy as changing a few settings!
- Save energy by turning off your computer off when not in use and when you leave at the end of the day
- Set your hibernation and sleep settings to power down hardware but have quick easy access when you are in the office
- Adjust screen brightness and opt for no screen saver, which draws power to monitor
- Clean your computer case of clutter and dust to keep your computer cool and running efficiently
Choose “draft,” “fast mode” or “toner save” options to reduce ink. Printing in grayscale of 80% or less or changing resolution
from 600 or 1200 DPI to 300 DPI will also save ink.
- Choose narrow fonts to save paper
- Shrink page margins to 0.75” or less: Shrinking margins could reduce paper consumption by 4.75% in the US according to a 2008 study at Penn State
- Print double-sided by changing printer preferences
- Print multiple pages per sheet of paper; works great for rough drafts!
- Buy recycled paper, with a higher percentage of postconsumer content (up to 100%): One ton of 100% postconsumer paper saves the equivalent of 24 trees compared to just 7 from a ton of 30%). These days, most cannot tell the difference between recycled and virgin paper!
Use these Technology Resources to Reduce your Impact:
Discover all kinds of environmentally conscious technology solutions in the Green Technology Guide
Quantify benefits of better paper choices with the paper calculator
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