Fact: Your computer monitor consumes significant amounts of energy even when the screen saver is operating. In fact, more often than not, a screen saver will not only draw power from the monitor, but will also keep the CPU from powering down. You can:

  • Cut energy waste from your monitor by 60-80%.

  • Automatically power down when not in use.

  • Lower your air-conditioning costs resulting from the heat output of your monitor.

Best Features: Monitors left on around the clock will run up your electric bill, suck in dust, and make your monitor more vulnerable to power surges. Reduce these risks and save energy by...

  • Selecting models with multiple power management features.

  • Choosing a monitor that will automatically return to active mode with a keystroke or mouse click.

  • Get a model with an environmental sensor to optimize the power consumption.

  • Simplify your energy and money-saving choices by choosing an Energy Star®-labeled monitor.

Save Money: A monitor with a power management feature is not a guarantee that your machine is saving energy. It must be enabled. Monitors without the power management option enabled use 60-80% more electricity. Do this:

  • Always check to ensure that the Energy Star® features are enabled.

  • Experiment with your delay setting to accomplish the shortest possible time that is acceptable before your monitor automatically goes to sleep or powers down.

  • Turn your monitor off at night, on weekends, and even during the day when it is not being used for an extended period.

Find It: When you find the Energy Star® label on a monitor, you know it has the capability to automatically enter two successive low-power modes. In the first low-power "sleep " mode, the monitor consumes 15 watts or less within 30 minutes of inactivity. If the monitor continues to be idle for a total of 60 minutes, upon instructions from the CPU, it will enter a second low-power" deep sleep" mode where it will consume 8 watts or less.

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