Greening Your Electronics, By the Numbers

Greening Your Electronics, By the Numbers

Sep 18, 2007

If you're not already taking action towards becoming greener, we have a few statistics to share with you from Treehugger with the hopes of convincing you:

• Of the $250 billion spent per year on powering computers worldwide, only about 15% of that power is spent computing-the rest is wasted idling. Even if the reduced emissions don't float your boat, it's wasted money when it comes down to it. Save yourself/your company/the world and shut your computer down when you're not using it.

• Electronics make up 70 percent of all hazardous waste. We've got suggestions for what to do with those electronics here, here and here besides throw them away with the regular trash.

posted originally from: AT:Hometech

One key problem with throwing all this out with the regular trash is groundwater contamination, which can lead to contamination of your favorite swimming or fishing hole...and even if you don't have a favorite of either of those, consider kids who do and take the extra step to recycle your electronics properly.

• 40% of the energy used for electronics in your home is used while these devices are turned off. Start by unplugging whenever you can, and consider monitoring your electricity usage. Reducing plugged in time (even when "off") = money saved.

See the rest of the Treehugger list here.

We've already covered Treehugger's top 10 list of Greening Your Electronics, and we have a slew of other ideas in our archives in case you're looking. Know something we haven't covered yet? Feel free to email us with a tip.

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