Green computing is the environmentally responsible use of computers and related resources. Such practices include the implementation of energy-efficient central processing units (CPUs), servers and peripherals as well as reduced resource consumption and proper disposal of electronic waste (e-waste).

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  • Power-down the CPU and all peripherals during extended periods of inactivity.
  • Try to do computer-related tasks during contiguous, intensive blocks of time, leaving hardware off at other times.
  • Power-up and power-down energy-intensive peripherals such as laser printers according to need.
  • Use liquid-crystal-display (LCD) monitors rather than cathode-ray-tube (CRT) monitors.
  • Use notebook computers rather than desktop computers whenever possible.
  • Use the power-management features to turn off hard drives and displays after several minutes of inactivity.
  • Minimize the use of paper and properly recycle waste paper.
  • Employ alternative energy sources for computing workstations, servers, networks and data centers.

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Fun things to do with your kids with old computers.

Another way to help our environment when it comes to your old computer is to make little trinkets out of them. They can be a fun way to spend time with your kids and or make a few dollars off a computer that was going to be thrown away. There are various small things that can be made from the hardware of computers, TV's, and even used and broken cell phones.

If your imaginative skills aren't great, you should still recycle your old computer

Every year millions of computers get thrown out, in reality the number is in the hundreds of millions. This amount of dumped computers causes a problem. They take up a lot of space in the landfills and there are a lot of valuable materials in a computer. Simply throwing out is an enormous waste. If that old PC has truly reached the end of the road, don't just toss it in the garbage or dump it in the local landfill. Some of the components inside the case use toxic chemicals that can leech into the environment. In fact, improper disposal of electronics equipment is illegal in California and other states.Instead you would be much better off recycling your computer.

Click here for easy steps to help recycle your computer
Click here for easy steps to help recycle your computer