I know, I know. Everyone is bashing Vista these days, but it is starting to die down a little. I personally don’t use Windows but I did find this article somewhat interesting. It’s definitely biased, but I’m putting it here in hopes that others might consider their own computers energy consumption: How Windows XP Wasted $25 Billion of Energy.
Things to consider when selecting computers –
- laptops are more efficient than desktops (link)
- lcd monitors are more efficient than CRT monitors (link)
- select hardware for your computer based on what you really need it for. For example, do you need 4 gigs of memory to surf the web? Probably not, that much is usually better suited for servers and will only consume more power.
Here’s a useful link from the Australian Energy Star program that lays out step-by-step instructions for enabling Energy Star settings on your computer.