Just turn it off
Date: July, 1993
Keywords: energy power consumption electricity environment health pollution
Text: Research has shown that the majority of the time that the United States' 30 to 35 million personal computers are on, they are not actively being used. In addition, 30 to 40 per cent are left running at night and on weekends. Computer equipment is now the fastest growing private-sector use of electricity. Computers alone are believed to account for five percent of commercial electricity consumption and may account for 10 percent by the year 2000. If you are one of those who leave them on after you're done, it would be a big environmental benefit if you would turn it off when you're not using it. It only takes a second or two to do. Also, the majority of the power your computer uses is not consumed by the computer itself, but by the monitor. If you can't turn the computer off, then please just turn off the monitor. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formed an alliance with computer manufacturers to promote the introductionof energy-efficient PC's that ''power down'' automatically when not being used and thus reduce the air pollution caused by power generation. These new computers will save enough electricity to power both Vermont and New Hampshire and save up to $1 billion in annual electricity bills. Look for the special EPA ''Energy Star'' logo when you buy computers. They should be available in one to two years. According to the EPA studies, the energy saved will prevent CO2 emmissions of 20 million tons annually, the equivalent of the annual emissions of five million automobiles. Also, emissions of 140,000 tons of SOx and 75,000 tons of NOx emissions will be avoided; these are the major pollutants responsible for acid rain. Please do your part. Be responsible. If you're not using it, then just turn it off. This anonymous message was posted on the Internet with instructions to distribute it freely. Its sources are listed as the 1993 ''Information Please'' Almanac, page 573, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ''Environmental News.''
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