How to Save Energy While Using Your Laptop

Though laptops use much less energy than desktops, the amount of power consumption from laptops is still substantial. Take a look at some great ways to reduce energy usage, save some money and be an energy star with your laptop:

  • Fade to Blackle: the theory that a dark computer background uses less power than a light one led to an idea called Blackle, which is basically a Google search page that’s painted black. Though the energy savings may be small, the “Black Google” could save you 750 megawatt-hours per year.
  • Try Energy-Saving Programs: for PC users, try a software solution created by Granola which cuts power consumption on PCs without sacrificing performance. For Mac users, try the 30-day free trial of Power Manager to see how it works for you.
  • Try a USB Power Saving Device: for just about $13, you can try the USB One-Touch Button Power Saver which allows you to put your computer to sleep with one touch.
  • Add More RAM: your computer will run better and last longer if you have the maximum amount of RAM.

Find more advice over at Deal News’ 10 Ways to Be an Energy Star with Your Laptop.