Time to upgrade your company's computers? By choosing a "green" computer, you can reduce your energy use and help the environment, too. Here's how:
Look for Energy Star CertificationScore a double whammy by selecting an energy-efficient computer. You'll save some dough on your electric bill and reduce your company's
To find an energy-efficient computer, look for the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star label or visit the
Seek EPEAT-Registered ProductsThere's more to green computing than energy efficiency. In order to assess a computer's impact on the environment, EPEAT, or the Electronics Products Assessment Tool, gives computers and monitors a gold, silver or bronze rating based on 51 criteria (23 of which are required for EPEAT registration) in eight categories: toxics reduction, recycled content, energy efficiency, ease of recycling, product longevity, company environmental performance, packaging and product takeback and recycling.
All EPEAT products must meet Energy Star standards and be at least 65% reusable or recyclable. Manufacturers of EPEAT products must offer take-back programs to collect and properly reuse or recycle the product at the end of its life. And EPEAT products must comply with the European Union's