It does not take large steps for you to have a positive affect on the environment. Every small step makes a difference. Most of these small steps will also have a lowering affect on your utility bills. Here are a few tips to help you get started:
Screen savers use a lot of energy. Screen savers have also have no practical functionality in “saving your screen” any longer. Screen savers were necessary in the early days of PCs due to screen burn, and technology has resolved this issue. Turn off your screen savers and save energy.
Most appliances use energy when plugged in, even if they are turned off. To combat this waste of energy, power down and unplug all electronic equipment, such as computer, printers and televisions. You can make this easier by plugging electronic equipment into power strips with on/off switches (make sure you power down the computer though before turning the power strip switch to off).
Get in the habit of turning off your monitor when not using it. Even in standby mode, computer monitors consume a significant amount of energy.
By following these suggestions, you can become more energy efficient, which not only has a positive impact on the environment, but can also save a significant amount of money.