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How green is your computer?

Consider this statement: “The EPA’s Energy Star efficiency criteria only consider the energy a PC uses while it’s in standby mode, which means that almost all current PCs qualify as Energy Star compliant.”

Is that statement true or false?

What about this: “Constantly shutting down and restarting your computer during the day would consume more energy than just leaving it running.”

Is that true or false?

If you are a bit unsure you might want to check out the Sierra Club’s “How Green is My PC” quiz. The quiz will ask and tell you about ten different questions related to your computers energy usage, environmental impacts etc.

Thanks to Tedd Riggs for the link.

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Q5.

“More than 80 percent of the lifetime energy consumption of a PC occurs before you buy it.

Your Answer: True

10 out of 10 points.

True. Not only does manufacturing a PC use a lot of energy, it also usually requires ten times the PC’s weight in fossil fuels and chemicals, most of which are toxic. So, even though you might be tempted to get a new PC every three years (as the average person does), the longer you can keep your current PC in service, the better for the environment.”

Further proof that Linux is greener. It is good to keep equipment going/functioning. See:

http://green-pc.blogspot.com/2007/12/linux-is-greener.html

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