Energy Star Green Computing

Green ComputersThe demand for green computers has risen as more people become interested in protecting the environment. There are options available for green computing, including Energy Star, power saving computers. If you want to build a greener computer or upgrade to greener components, read below.

Regulatory Agencies

There are a few regulatory agencies that are beginning to certify computer components for various measurements.

RoHS Compliance

RoHS is the Directive on the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment. But since that was to long, it is normally shortened to Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive. The RoHS was drafted in 2003 in the European Union (EU) and took effect in 2006. RoHS was designed to restrict the use of 6 main hazardous materials that are used by manufacturers in an attempt to cut down on hazardous waste and advance green computers. These are:

  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Mercury
  • Hexavalent Chromium
  • Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBB)
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) Flame Retardants

Currently RoHS is not enforced in the United States, but you can still get components that are certified.

EPA Energy Star and 80 PLUS

Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficient green computers. The program originated in the United States in 1992 and has since spread to many other countries. Going hand in hand with Energy Star is the 80 PLUS program that applies to . In order to qualify, a power supply must achieve an efficiency rating of 80% or greater meaning less power is lost and wasted. Higher efficiency power supplies not only help the environment, they will save on your electric bill.

Green Computer Products

If you are looking for a new motherboard, the following motherboards are current with today's technologies, are lead free, and are RoHS compliant:

  • The Abit AN-M2HD Motherboard supports the latest AMD as well as the Athlon 64 and Sempron lines.
  • The ASUS P5N-D will support the latest Intel processors as well as the Pentium line.

Looking for a new that is green? Here are a couple that are also RoHS compliant:

  • The Samsung Spinpoint F1 750GB hard drive at around $119.00 will give you plenty of space.
  • The Samsung HD250HJ 250GB hard drive is a bit smaller and comes in around $59.00.

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Q&A

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How does energy star computers work?

I have a set of Lenova desktops, they are energy star certified. Do I have to do anything to enable this capabilities? Settings enabled in Bios or power settings?

You do not have to do any thing it is built in.
Read more here on Energy Star computers: An ENERGY STAR qualified computer delivers substantial savings over a conventional computer.

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What are the key attributes to Energy Star and EPEAT Gold green PC certifications?

EPEAT products are: -More Energy Efficient -Less Toxic -Longer Lasting -Easier to Recycle -Less Wastefull Visit epeat.net for more detailed information.