Greenpeace has put Lenovo at the top of its Green Rankings of technology manufacturers, a far cry from its recent worst position. The organization’s rankings have come under fire for being inconsistent, but it’s good to see Lenovo is getting some recognition for its green efforts.
Lenovo, which bought IBM’s consumer electronics division in 2005, scores top marks on its e-waste policies and practice; the company offers take-back and recycling in all the countries where its products are sold. Lenovo also reports the amount of e-waste it recycles as a percentage of its sales. However, the company has yet to put products free of the worst chemicals on the market.
Lenovo’s Matt Kohut offers some tips for users to make their computing experience as green as possible.
- Enable power management and check the settings. With a modern notebook PC, this can mean you are drawing 90 watts of power or more, even when you are doing nothing.
- Suggested settings for hard disk drive spin down = 10 minutes of inactivity. Suggested settings for display turn-off = 5 minutes of inactivity.
- Have your system go into Suspend or Hibernate after 10 minutes of inactivity.
- Running the screen saver with a blank screen does not save any power!
- Turn your desktop off at night. Desktop PCs are not designed to save power at all unless they go into low power modes like suspend or hibernate. If youÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã¢â€ž¢ve got a system just sitting there doing nothing, it is like leaving a 150 – 200 watt light bulb on all of the time.
- DonÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã¢â€ž¢t worry about turning off your PC. In the old days the common advice was to keep it on to minimize wear and tear. Modern PCs and components are designed with the expectation that you will use power management.
- This next suggestion is going to be controversial. IÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã¢â€ž¢m going to write it anyway. Use the smallest form factor desktop PC that will fit your needs. If you donÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã¢â€ž¢t need a tower, donÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬Ã¢â€ž¢t buy one. Smaller form factors use less electricity.
- At the end of its useful life, recycle your PC.