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:
If you're concerned that finding an eco-friendly computer means you'll be relegated to no-name brands, think again.
Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ), Dell ( DELL) and Apple all offer green options. Look for other options via Softchoice , which offers a searchable Web site of EPEAT-registered laptops, desktops and monitors from multiple manufacturers. Or check the Green Guide's chart , which compares 12 EPEAT registered products ranging in price from $99 (Zonbu Desktop) to $1,399.99 (Enano e2 Desktop). including Dell and Apple will take back a computer made by any manufacturer for free when you buy a new computer from them. H-P will also take back a computer made by another manufacturer, but you'll pay a fee . If you can't return your computer to the manufacturer, find a responsible e-recycler (one that doesn't ship hazardous materials to landfills in other countries) at the Electronics Take-Back Coalition . Or give your computer a second life by donating it to a school or nonprofit. Find out how at TechSoup .