The Environmentally Friendly Display: LCD, not CRT

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Your old CRT monitor does more than just take up space and provide a place for the cat to sleep.  It’s also using a lot of power!  A traditional cathode ray tube is far less energy efficient than a newer flat panel LCD type monitor.  With LCDs becoming cheaper, higher in quality and much more reliable, there’s a good reason to replace your old monitor.

Of course, if you still have a fully functioning CRT, you may want to wait a while.  However, most of these older monitors are beginning to experience flicker or other problems, too.  That means that if yours is showing performance problems, you may want to think about an LCD.  As much as sixty-six percent more energy efficient, eighty percent smaller and lighter, and a lot handier, an LCD is an excellent choice for your next monitor.

That energy efficiency will help you save money on power and reduce fuel consumption.  The lighter weight and smaller size make your monitor easier to move around and more efficient to produce and to ship.  Plus, your LCD uses less heat, so you won’t need to run the AC or fan as much in the summer.

There are also health benefits to an LCD monitor.  They’re lower in intensity and produce a steadier light pattern that allows them to be easier on the eyes and create less fatigue than you’d experience if you spent the same amount of time looking at a CRT.

Remember to buy a new monitor that meets the Energy Star requirements put out by the EPA, and investigate options for the disposal of your old monitor.  There are many organizations that now recycle or responsibly dispose of old computer equipment.  Since electronics contain many dangerous substances, including heavy metals, it’s important to make sure that they’re dealt with properly.

Remember to get into good habits at home, too.  Don’t leave your computer on at night, and you’ll save money and use less power.  You might have heard that computers use more power to turn on than to stay operational.  This is nothing more than a myth, even with newer models that have automatic sleep modes.

You’ll use the least by turning your computer off, and the Department of Energy says you ought to shut off at least the monitor if you’re going to be away for twenty minutes or more.  If you’ll be out for at least two hours, turn off the entire system.  You’ll not just be saving power, but you’ll also be extending the life of your machine by reducing wear and tear.

As big a part as computers play in our daily lives, it’s important to think about how we use them and what we’re using.  Choosing environmentally friendly components and remembering to turn off our workstations can make a small, but appreciable difference in our environmental impact.

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