Sunday, March 23, 2008

PC Magazine's Green Facts

PC Magazine compiled a list of 48 green, clean-tech tips and facts for you. Below is just a few I found particularly interesting. Click here to read them all!

  • The "phantom load"—electricity consumed by "switched-off" appliances like TVs, radios, microwaves—can add $200 a year to your bill. (Cornell University, via
  • If you listen to your CD player 2 hours a day, you can save $200 a year by switching to rechargeable batteries. (Earth 911 )
  • The average office drone uses 10,000 sheets of paper—about a whole tree's worth of wood pulp—per year. (GreenIQ )
  • The U.S scraps about 400 million pieces of consumer electronics equipment—e-waste—per year. It's the fastest-growing waste stream. (Electronics TakeBack Coalition) If you buy a new system, Apple and Dell will recycle your old computer, regardless of manufacturer. (Dell Recycling)
  • The energy saved by recycling one plastic bottle will power a computer for 25 minutes. (Think Green)
  • Shopping for a new HDTV? Plasma TVs consume far more energy than LCDs, and they waste it as heat energy. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • If all commuters worked from home just one day a week, we could save 5.85 billion gallons of oil each year. (Environmental Defense Fund )
Seven Power-Saving Tips
Recycle Your PC the Right Way


Kimberly said...

WOW! This is interesting stuff!

Amy said...

Great information!
I may use the tidbit about recycling computers soon. My husband is fed up with our lap top.

BTW - I used shredded green construction paper for our Easter grass today, thanks to you.

JessTrev said...

this is great - I don't get PC Mag nor would i have run across this -- i need the reminder to deal with my vampire drain. interesting about plasma tvs too... good luck today!