What is Green Computing?
Green computing comprised of two words “Green” and “Computing”. Green refers to the environment and computing refers to the processing. So, green computing is also known as “green information technology” is defined as the study of designing, manufacturing, using, disposing of computational devices with no effect or minimal impact on the environment. In simple terms, green computing takes care of environmental issues while conducting computational processing.
The major goal of green computing is to reduce hazardous materials and maximize energy efficiency while designing, manufacturing, and disposing of computers. Many corporate IT departments and large tech giants have green computing initiatives to reduce the environmental effect of their IT operations.
Why Green Computing?
Green computing is essential for the environment. It reduces energy usage from green techniques into lower carbon dioxide emissions, stemming from a reduction in the fossil fuel used in power plants & transportation.
Today, green technology is realized on both large and small scales business as scientists warning us about the long term impact. We should be aware from small to large scale so as to reduce the potential threat.
Ways of Green Computing
In cloud computing, a single resource can be shared among many users. This allows us to reduce the distribution, installation, and operation of machines.
Proper disposal of e-waste
Another way to promote green computing is by disposing of e-waste properly. If they are not disposed or recycled properly, they create hazardous pollution as they are made up of different materials. It’s important to consider the entire lifecycle of your hardware purchases. Don’t just look at the sticker price find out what your vendors’ recycle and disposal policies are and what materials they’re using.
Designing energy-efficient computers, servers, printers, projectors, and other digital devices so as to make less energy consumption. This will ultimately make a positive impact on the environment.
Use of LED/LCD
An LCD/LED monitor can consume one-half to two-thirds as much power as the equivalent-sized traditional analog monitor, said Torti. Turning down the monitor’s brightness can save a significant percentage of energy. Also, activate the power management features for controlling energy consumption.
Choose Laptop Over Desktop
Modern laptops are far more efficient than their desktop counterparts, said Torti. He noted that notebooks consume less than 30 watts at full power, compared with a modern desktop PC that idles around 60 watts and can exceed 150 watts at full power — without the monitor. New small form-factor laptops idle at less than 15 watts – less than a typical compact fluorescent light bulb.
Use of natural energy
Minimizing the electricity consumption of computers and their peripheral devices and using them in an eco-friendly manner. Big companies like Facebook, Tesla, Apple, Google already implemented natural energy with solar panels. If there is less nuclear power production then it significantly reduces the harmful materials.