Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Eco-friendly Electronic Etiquette
I’ve caught the green bug like most everyone else.  At home, we separate recyclables from garbage and compost organic material.  At the office, Justin uses paperless billing.  There are so many ways to be more eco-friendly and your computer is no exception.  Here are three easy tips to Green Computing.


1)  Refurbished/Recertified or Reusing Machines.

This way you use an existing product instead of creating demand for more resources.  These computers are just as good as brand new ones and cheaper, saving you money.  Our supplier sells these earth friendlier products and we can help order the perfect one for your needs.

When you’re ready to clear out the clutter and chuck your old electronics, be sure they are disposed of properly.  Check with local recycling and garbage collection sites.  If the pieces are still serviceable, consider donating them to a local non-profit, like the community thrift store or church yard sale.  Not only is it better for the environment, its tax deductible!

2)  Energy Efficient Computers.

The manufacturers realize that energy efficient machines reduce both the demand for resources and your power bill.  According to energystar.gov, if all computers in the U.S. were energy star compliant, we could save $1.5 billion in energy costs and greenhouse gas emission reduce by the equivalent to the emissions of 2 million vehicles.  Don’t want to buy a new computer just yet?  Ask us how to optimize your computer’s energy use settings.

3)  Go Paperless!

To save money and resources, try to practice conservative printing.  You can easily share files and give permissions to other group members to make changes to the content with Google Documents and Drop Box.  If you have a g-mail account, you can access Google Documents at the top left of your e-mail inbox page.  There are several formats to chose from, including writing documents, spread sheets, presentation, form, drawing, or you can choose to upload a file from your computer.

Drop Box is a software download that backs up your chosen file online, and then syncs it up with all of the computers you have given permission to.  Your files can be on all of your computers, mobile, and shared with family, friends, or co-workers.  Now there is no need to waste the trees or your money printing and reprinting to share an idea.

Businesses can utilize online billing.  There are many programs and websites that offer this service.  Find the right one for you and your customers.  These products offer security of information, the invoice can easily be resent if deleted by the client, notifications of receipt, and no paper or ink cartridges to deal with.

So, jump on the green computing band wagon with us.  If you have any questions about how you or your company can be more technologically eco-friendly, contact us anytime by calling (706) 253-6362 or emailing info@pccopilots.com! For more tech tips,check out PC Co-Pilot’s Facebook Page.