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new-many20computers-200x1502Computers in the business sector unnecessarily waste $1 billion worth of electricity a year.  Make it a habit to turn off your computer-and the power strip it's plugged into-when you leave for the day. Otherwise, you're still burning energy even if you're not burning the midnight oil. (Check with your IT department to make sure the computer doesn't need to be on to run backups or other maintenance.) During the day, setting your computer to go to sleep automatically during short breaks can cut energy use by 70 percent. Remember, screen savers don't save energy. > Make it a policy to invest in energy-saving computers, monitors, and printers and make sure that old equipment is properly recycled. Look for a recycler that has pledged not to export hazardous e-waste and to follow other safety guidelines. Old computers that still work, and are less than five years old, can be donated  to  organizations that will refurbish them and find them new homes. (You may even get a tax deduction.)  For more green ideas, visit www.1thingsacramento.com

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08/21/2009 4:15AM
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