In the NYT this morning:
“In its drive to go green, the technology industry has so far focused mainly on big targets like corporations and especially computer data centers, the power-hungry computing engine rooms of the Internet economy.
Next come the hundreds of millions of desktop and laptop personal computers in households worldwide.”
It’s amazing how many people don’t realize how much a computer monitor requires. I’m hard pressed to walk away from mine without putting the machine in sleep mode. At work I notice some monitors on when arrive early in the morning, hours before the owner will start using the computer.
“The potential savings in both dollars and pollution is huge, analysts say, when the estimated one billion PCs in use globally are taken into account. The research firm Gartner estimates that 40 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions resulting from information technology and telecommunications are attributable to PCs. Data center computers account for 23 percent, and the rest is attributable to printers and telecommunications equipment.”
Is this an ah ha moment for you?