Making sustainable choices when buying electronics is a great way to get started with sustainable computing practices. Here are a few tips for buying smart:
When looking to purchase a new product, visit the following websites and see how energy efficient various models and companies truly are.
Find energy-efficient electronics and other products using this website created by the ENERGY STAR program—a joint effort by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency & the U.S. Department of energy to help individuals save money and protect the environment.
Search for your next computer to ensure that the model meets higher sustainability criteria such products manufactured with fewer toxins and designed for easy recycling.
When shopping for computer equipment, only buy what you need. For example, if you won't be playing high-definition games on your computer, don't include a high-end graphics card. You'll save money on both the purchase and the power used.
Look for at least 30% recycled content when you stock up on paper. Recycled paper not only reduces harvesting of trees, it also uses less energy and less water, causes less pollution and saves landfill space.
To close the loop, look for recycled materials in everything you buy. Increasingly more products are manufactured using recycled materials, which saves resources and keeps material out of landfills. The EPEAT rating system considers both recycling and use of recycled materials when recommending environmentally friendly electronics. Complete the cycle; buy recycled!