A computer left on all the time uses twice as much energy as a refrigerator. Click through for 7 tips for making your PC a little more eco-friendly.
Azadeh Ensha's article "It comes in Beige or Black, but You Make It Green" in The New York Times has a number of ways to green your computer and it's definitely worth a read.
We've compiled seven of the tips here:
1. Turn your computer off when you're finished using it. Don't always put it to sleep.
2. Don't use a screensaver.
3. Unplug it when not in use, or use a "Smart Strip" power cord that cuts power when an electronic has been turned off.
4. Download a free power-management tool, like this one from Google , that show you much energy you save with small adjustments.
5. When you do buy a new computer, purchase one that's Energy Star compliant.
6. Take a look at Greenpeace's "Guide to Greener Electronics" which ranks manufacturers every three months.
7. Recycle your old computer with a company who's been screened, take a look at Electronic TakeBack's list of recyclers here.
photo: Steve Yeater/Associated Press via The New York Times