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Windows Vista has built-in power management features that can reduce a company's energy use by as much as 30%. With Windows 7, organisations can take advantage of additional efficiencies that reduce power consumption and can help lower energy costs.
Microsoft Virtualisation enables multiple operating systems to run on a single server, potentially reducing energy use by up to 90%.
Microsoft Research is committed to advancing environmental sustainability by driving energy efficiency in computing; redefining the role of geo-spatial technology in environmental research; leading, enabling, and accelerating fundamental advances in science; and realising the potential of software to reduce the environmental impact of individuals.
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Use computer and monitor power management. Doing so can save nearly half a ton of CO2 and more than $60 per year in energy costs.
Don’t use a screen saver. Screen savers are not necessary on modern monitors and studies show they actually consume more energy than allowing the monitor to dim when it’s not in use.
Buying a new computer? Make energy efficiency a priority while shopping for your PC and monitor. Look for the ENERGY STAR label or browse the Climate Savers Computing product catalogue.
Turn down the brightness setting on your monitor. The brightest setting on a monitor consumes twice the power used by the dimmest setting.
Turn off peripherals such as printers, scanners and speakers when not in use.
Fight phantom power: plug all your electronics into one power strip and turn the strip off when you are finished using your computer.
Use a laptop instead of a desktop. Laptops typically consume less power than desktops.
Close unused applications and turn off your monitor when you’re not using it.
Use a power meter to find out how much energy your computer actually consumes and to calculate your actual savings.
Establish multiple power schemes to address different usage models. For example, you can create a power scheme for playing music CDs that shuts off your hard drive and monitor immediately, but never puts your system into standby mode.