Do One Thing: Turn Off Your Computer Monitor.

August 18, 2010

If you happen to walk by a business late at night, I guarantee you will see computers left with their monitors on. I don’t understand why people do it, but many, many employees leave their monitors “on” all night and all weekend long. Whether it’s because they think their backup systems won’t work or their computers will be shut off, it is an incredible waste of energy and can even shorten the lifespan of the monitors, leading to even more e-waste being disposed of. So if you work for a company where employees always do this, start a movement or put up signs in common areas to get people to turn off those monitors at night and before they head home for the weekend. (The computers, too, if possible) And if your home computer monitor gets left on too, be sure to turn it off when you aren’t using it!

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Comments (0)

  1. George Hite says:

    I agree with you fully! I have tried to convince people at my office to do so but they always say “Really, how much energy is being used when the computer is sleeping?”

    I for one do not really know the answer. I would like to give them a real number of how much energy and money is being wasted leaving the monitor on and for leaving a desktop on and leaving a laptop on.

    Do you know these numbers? Because without hard facts my fellow workers don’t think it’s worth the “energy” to turn them off. :( Makes me sad.

  2. ComputerGeek says:

    TURN OFF THE COMPUTER if you actually want to save money.

    Once the computer is off, the monitor & computer typically pull 1-3 watts each, which is only several cents in cost over 24 hours.