#LiveGreenSG Business Tips: Hardware

31 Oct, 2018 4:44:03 PM / by Quek Leng Chuang

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To convert the eco-friendly individual actions of limited impact into a collective movement, why not spread awareness among your colleagues and management, to implement a new green policy at your workplace?

Businesses are often great consumers of computer equipment: printers, computers, landline and mobile phones... If these devices are essential for the daily work of employees, eco-responsible ways to use them are essential to limit energy waste and give them a second life.

Here are some tips to help you work green when using your hardware:


Choose The All-in-One Formula.

When investing in a printer, scanner and photocopier, better to choose a multifunctional device. A printer that also serves as a scanner, fax and photocopier consumes 50% less energy than the sum of separate devices.

It is noteworthy that it saves more energy to use a photocopier than a printer, when making copies in large quantities. That said, that should not encourage you to print multiple copies of cat photos like Nicole does.


It’s The Little Things...

Some central processing units of desktop computers are particularly greedy in electricity. Laptops consume on average 50 to 80% less energy than desktop computers, because they are optimized to maximize battery life. Thus, when your company will have to invest in a computer, better to choose a laptop. Sometimes small is better than big!

A laptop is running on battery. So when your computer's battery is charged, unplug the power from the outlet. The computer will not consume energy when it is unplugged: this will save energy, and extend its lifespan. Note: Putting a desktop on your lap does not make it a laptop and that won't save you any energy.



Mobile phones are energy intensive: they need to be charged almost every day. When your cellphone is charged, unplug the charger from the outlet. A plugged phone charger consumes, even if it is not connected to your phone.

More generally, all plugged devices consume energy when turned off. A power strip with switch guarantees zero electricity consumption. Connect all your electrical devices to a power strip, and turn off the switch when you leave the office.


Go To Sleep.

During your breaks in the workday, put your computer to sleep to save energy. You can also set your computer to sleep automatically after a few minutes of inactivity, in the event of unexpected exits or meetings. In sleep mode, the computer consumes 60% to 80% less energy. You can also program it in power save mode when using it.

Your screen should not be blank when your computer is in standby. Select pictures to flash up on the screen to avoid damaging it.


Standby is Not Enough.

Turn off your computer when leaving the office at the end of the day, instead of leaving it in standby. A photocopier consumes 80% of its energy in standby mode. The printers and copiers consume a lot of electricity, even in standby: turn them on only when you use them. And don’t forget to turn them off after work.

Leaving Constantly turned on hardware wastes energy and reduces the lifespan of the equipment. Remember to turn off all devices before leaving your job, even the coffee machine!


Let Them Come Back To Life.

On average, people buy new mobile phone every 20 months. This practice generates a lot of waste. Mobile phones contain precious minerals from exhaustible resources (gold, copper, silver), plastics, cables and electronic cards. But they also contain many toxic chemicals: mercury, lead, flame retardants… Unused mobile phones become highly toxic waste: a cellphone battery thrown into the wild can contaminate 600,000 liters of water.

Every used battery should be returned to the stores, or to special associations. When you need some, buy rechargeable ones. They can be reused from 400 to 1000 times, which is less harmful for the environment and the wallet!


Wish to go a step further to make your business more sustainable and future-proof? Sign up with us at http://env-solutions.com/living today to find out about carbon offsets and other applicable ways to go green. 


Get in touch with us via email at living@env-solutions.com  or call +656523 2299 for more information. If you have tips to share, don’t forget to share your pictures with us by using #LiveGreenSG on instagram and tag @ESLivingSG


Topics: Business, ES Living, Powering Sustainability

Quek Leng Chuang

Written by Quek Leng Chuang

LengChuang is a chemical engineer and an expert in carbonomics. He is the co-founder and owner of Environmental Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd and ES Power.