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The 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.
There are a few regulatory agencies that are beginning to certify computer components for various measurements.
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:
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 computer power supplies. 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:
Looking for a new hard drive that is green? Here are a couple that are also RoHS compliant:
If you are looking for a new monitor, the LG L206WTY-BF Black 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor is both RoHS and Energy Star compliant. For only $219 it is decently priced as well.
For a highly efficient power supply, look at the following:
Other Steps for Green Computers
Other steps you can take to reduce your power consumption include:
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