What is Hybrid?

hybrid carOur world is worth protecting.  Global warming will only become a greater problem in the days to come, because we continue to expel emissions and toxic chemicals into our atmosphere.  Despite the fact that policies such as the Clean Air Act have enabled us to reduce the numbers significantly, air pollution is still a huge problem.  Out of the 319 million people who live in this country, 132 million of them are at risk for serious health problems, such as heart and lung disease (more…)

Exploring Hybridization

hybridWe’ve talked a little about hybridization.  But do we truly understand what it means to hybridize technologies?  Is it really as simple as throwing different concepts together and seeing what fits?  Or are hybrid technologies a fusion of different parts working in sync to create something better?  (more…)

The Rundown On Renewable Energy

renewable energyIf global warming was a problem that could be solved only one way, then we would have long ago accepted it, figured it out, and solved it.  The fact of the matter is, it’s not a problem with an easy solution.  But that doesn’t change the fact that it is a problem. (more…)

Unusual Green Technologies

green technologyWe can all generally agree that concern for our environment is why we’re all here.  We all want to work to find solutions that helps us reduce pollution and emissions, conserve waste, and take us away from relying on finite resources.  Through conservation efforts and improving technology, industries across the board have saved costs and become more efficient.  (more…)

A Different Shade of Green

LED bulb greenMy roommate Jay has been giving me frequent updates on the status of his office’s renovations- in an attempt to “go green”.  So far, they’ve gotten rid of the copy machines, they have redone the lighting with energy-efficient LED bulbs, and they’ve started incorporating biodegradable products into (more…)

Saving Energy With Your Desktop Computer

energy saving laptopYour desktop computer can be essential for many functions in your home and your life. However, it can use plenty of energy just like any other device in your home. This does not have to be too much of a hassle if you use the right energy-saving considerations in order to make your computing needs a little greener.

 

 

Keep Outside Items Turned Off

You can start by turning off any outside materials that you are not using. If you have a printer that is not in use then it should be turned off as it will use energy even if it is idle. The same goes for speakers and fax machines among other items.

Don’t Bother With Screen Savers

As nice as a screen saver might look, it can easily cause you to keep your monitor on for longer than necessary. If you’re going to be out of the office or room for fifteen minutes or longer then you are better off turning off the monitor so it will not use all that energy. It is not like anyone is going to be likely to look at your screen saver anyway.

Control the Power Settings

power optionsYou can also adjust the power settings on your computer to make it so the system will enter sleep or standby mode if it hasn’t been used in a while. This will turn off the computer’s functions and make it rest for a bit. It can then start up again when you press a button. Adjust your power settings to where the computer will shut down after it is idle for about thirty to sixty minutes.

 

 

What About a Remote Desktop?

If you have a remote desktop to use on your computer then you might want to think about how you are going to use that desktop. If you have the fastest remote desktop to work with then you will have to be careful as even the fastest remote desktop is not going to work right if you shut off your computer all the way.

You might have to log off your computer if you have such a remote desktop to work with. This will not only keep your desktop active but it will keep the main computer from using far too much energy. This is because the computer’s functions will not be as strong as usual once you log off your computer.

Keep the Brightness In Check

You also have to see how bright your screen is. Make sure you adjust your monitor so it will be bright enough for you to see but not too bright to the point where your eyes will strain. If you keep the brightness level down then you will certainly use less energy. It takes more energy to power up a monitor that is far too bright. In fact, you may be better off adjusting the brightness within the program that you are using.

Be sure you watch for what you are doing when using a computer. If you use it responsibly and with enough care then it should not be too hard for you to make it work as needed without any hassles.