IT Footprint Facts

Electronic technology is everywhere and is now part of almost everything we do. Do you ever stop to think about the energy needed to power these machines? How about what happens to them when we are finished with them? It is important that we begin to manage the environmental impact of electronic technology. We all need to understand the environmental harm that electronic waste produces and the value of energy efficient electronics.

Did you know that between 3 - 4% of all electricity consumed worldwide is used to run data centers?
 
What is eWaste and how is it affecting me?
The IT sector has a huge impact on our climate. A typical desktop computer uses about 868 kW of electricity per year that is approximately 0.59 tons of CO2 emissions. Think about it, most of us have or use more than one computer. No one is suggesting ditching the computer but we are asking that you take a few steps to help reduce the energy consumed.

Here are a few easy tips that will help you reduce your IT Footprint.

1. Set your computer to "sleep" after 5 minutes of inactivity.

2. Done for the day? Power that monster down! The surge used to boot up is far less than the energy wasted on an electronic sitting using energy.

3. Buy GREEN energy or even better generate your own! Push energy suppliers to convert to sustainable energy.

4. Partner with eco-friendly organizations & buy energy star rated machines.

5. Donate or recycle your electronic devices when they are no longer useful.
  Electronic waste otherwise known as eWaste is when electronic devices are judged as no longer useful and are discarded; they generally contain a toxic mix of chemicals, heavy metals and synthetic materials. These items include televisions, monitors, computers, printers, VCRs, cell phones, telephones, radios, and a whole host of other techno gadgets. Yes the computer sitting in front of you now house precious metals like gold & copper, chemicals and toxins such as lead, arsenic, boron, phosphor, nitric acid, hydrofluoric acid, and hydrogen fluoride to name a few.

Unfortunately most of us are unaware of the danger that eWaste is causing. Our eWaste sits in our landfills, slowly leaching toxins into our soil, making their way into the ground water that feeds our rivers and streams causing severe human and environmental health impacts. These toxins are known to cause cancer and even death, and yet we still discard 90% of our electronics to end up in landfills.

Some major electronic makers are now offering recycling programs, but it's up to consumers to take more responsibility. Start today! Recycle your eWaste and inform others about the harm that eWaste can do. Live in Denver, check out www.recyclingmycomputer.com