The folks who take care of the computers where I work my day job invaded my space and replaced my desktop computer last week. The older I get the more I hate changes that force me to cope with new stuff. I enjoy leaning new things but I hate trading the frustrations I know for a whole new set of them.
After using that old computer for four years, I had finally figured out where all the keys were on the keyboard. It took a while but that old computer had learned to spell words like they should be, not the way I type them.
That old computer had a monitor the size of a microwave oven with a big tower style computer. Half of my desk was used up just hosting that machine. The new unit has a much smaller computer and a space saving monitor. Together they give me much more room for piling papers on my desk. I expect that will make me much more efficient.
The good news, from an energy point of view, is the new computer uses about 50% less electricity than the old one. Most of the improvement is in the new thin screen monitor. Instead of using power like a pair of old Edison light bulbs, the new equipment only uses power like a couple of compact fluorescent lamps.
Reducing the power used by one computer saves maybe 7 cents a day. That may not sound like much savings for one low bid computer. But, those computer folks are busy upgrading computers all over the company.
I’ll bet there are at least five hundred where I work. That makes the savings of electricity well over $8,000 a year.
Cutting the energy bill by upgrading to equipment that is more efficient is one of the ways a company can reduce operating costs.
If you need an excuse to run out and buy a new computer, just think of the good you will do by saving energy. The savings will not cover the monthly installment on your credit card but every little bit helps.
On the down side, I need to start teaching the new computer how to spelk beter.
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